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AK2011 TECHNOLOGY & ETHICS – spring 23 offering 

Welcome to the course (VT23)!

The spring offering of the course is a study on your own version but your teacher  will support you with feedback on your written assignments, course queries and an essay tutorial.

We will meet for a course introduction on zoom on March 30th at 10.15-11.15. 

 If you have questions regarding the course please email barbro.froding(a)abe.kth.se

See below for lecture themes and scroll down for the reading list.

AK2011 and FAK3133 TECHNOLOGY & ETHICS – 2020

Welcome to the course (HT2020)!

This semester all lectures will be on Zoom and the seminars will be given in a classroom which is large enough to allow for social distancing. If you have questions regarding the course please email barbro.froding(a)abe.kth.se

See below for lecture themes and scroll down for the reading list.

 

LECTURES & SEMINARS HT 2020

 

Lecture 1 – 25 Aug, 13-15

Introduction to ethics + normative theories part 1 (consequentialism)

 

Lecture 2 – 1 Sept, 13-15

Normative theories part 2 – virtue ethics

 

Lecture 3 – 8 Sept, 13-15

Normative theories part 3 – rights and duties

 

Seminar 1 – 11 Sept, 10-12

Practicing applying normative theories to technology related problems.

 

Lecture 4 – 18 Sept, 10-12

AI 

Lecture 5 – 25 Sept, 10-12

Ethics and gene editing technology

 

Seminar 2 – 2 Oct, 10-12

Animals and ethics

 

Lecture 6 – 6 Oct, 13-15

Integrity and privacy

 

Lecture 7 – 28 Oct, 10-12

Environmental ethics

 

Seminar 3, 4 Nov, 10-12

Value sensitive design

 

Lecture 8 – 11 Nov, 10-12

Risk and responsibility for new technology: the user, the engineer and society.

 

Lecture 9 – 18 Nov, 10-12

Autonomy and new technology in healthcare.

 

Seminar 4 – 25 Nov, 10-12

Moral offsetting

 

Lecture 10 – 2 Dec, 10-12

Part 1: Treatment or enhancement – uses of gene technology

Part 2: Enhancement – cognitive and moral. Do we have a moral obligation to others and ourselves to accept cog enhancement if it is available and safe?

 

Seminar 5 – 9 Dec, 10-12

Essay presentation

 

 

 

AK2011 and FAK3133 TECHNOLOGY & ETHICS – reading list 2020

The literature for ak2011 consists of a course book, book chapters and academic articles as well as news articles, TED talks and other material.

 

Your course book:

Van de Poel, Ibo, and Lambèr Royakkers. 2011. Ethics, technology and engineering. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

This book is available in full online via e.g. KTHb

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.focus.lib.kth.se/lib/kth/detail.action?docID=700652

 

 Chapters from the following books (can be found at the KTH library or the Stockholm University library):

  1. Sandler, R. (Ed.). (2016). Ethics and emerging technologies. Springer.

avaliable in full here https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.focus.lib.kth.se/lib/kth/detail.action?docID=1802020# 

  1. Rachels & Rachels, The Elements of moral philosophy, any edition

 

Articles and other material will be made available to you on Canvas once the term starts.

 

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