Moral Philosophy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Moral Philosophy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence is concerned with the most fundamental practical question: "What should I do?" According to utilitarianism, you should always do what would produce the most happiness or well-being. 

Subject content

In this module, you will explore and assess: 

  • Utilitarianism and rival moral theories. You will consider some morally difficult situations (for example, suppose the only way to save 20 lives is by torturing an innocent person).  
  • Competing theories of well-being, starting with the simple view that well-being is nothing other than pleasure.  
  • Contemporary moral controversies (involving, for example, abortion, euthanasia, nonhuman animals, and distant people in extreme poverty), and what utilitarianism and rival theories imply about them. 

These examples are merely a sample and are based on previous years. Topics may change based on the curriculum chosen by the department in any given year. 

Academic skills

Aside from the study of specific content, students will learn to improve their academic writing, learning to shape arguments and developing an academic writing style, whilst also improving their subject-specific vocabulary.  

Learning experience

Students will experience a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work and independent study on this course. Lecture content is taught by staff of the University of St Andrews.

Course outcomes

Students will receive an official certificate from the University of St Andrews to confirm their successful completion of the course.