Timetable information in the Course Catalogue may be subject to change.

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Philosophy

Undergraduate Course: Philosophy of Technology (PHIL10231)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers major philosophical questions about the nature and ethical implications of technology.
Course description This course covers a range of questions in philosophy of technology. Questions that may be covered in a given semester include: Can computers have beliefs or desires or be conscious? How does the social world shape technology and how does technology shape the social world? What is algorithmic bias, and why does it matter? Is it morally acceptable to use autonomous lethal weapons in warfare? Should judges be replaced by AI? Can humans form relationships with robots?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 32, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm essay 40%
Final essay 60%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain key questions and positions in the philosophy of technology.
  2. Understand how theories and arguments in philosophy of technology relate to particular technologies and socio-technical systems.
  3. Understand how the philosophy of technology relates to other areas of philosophy.
  4. Develop and articulate their own views about the philosophy of technology.
  5. Demonstrate philosophical skills, including ability to understand philosophical texts, write clearly, and think critically.
Reading List
A representative list of readings is:

Alan Turing - Computing machinery and intelligence.
John Searle - Minds, brains, and programs.
Ruha Benjamin - Discriminatory design.
Langdon Winner - Do artifacts have politics?
Safiya Noble - Algorithms of oppression.
Batya Friedman and Helen Nissenbaum - Bias in computer systems.
Rober Sparrow - Killer robots.
Helen Nissenbaum - Accountability in a computerized society.
Aziz Huq - A right to a human decision.
Kate Vredenburgh - The right to explanation.
Sherry Turkle - Authenticity in the age of digital companions.
Kate Devlin - The ethics of the artificial lover.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Milo Phillips-Brown
Course secretary
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information