PHIL137-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Computers, Artificial Intelligence, and the Information Society

This occurrence is not offered in 2023

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Our art, culture, politics, society, and economy are powered by computing machines. This course provides a brief history of computing to the present day, introduces students to the foundations of computing and information processing, the corporations who sell us our devices and software, and to moral and philosophical issues fundamental to information, information-processing, and the information society. Maori computing initiatives are described and placed in their philosophical context. The course also examines Artificial Intelligence: what is AI and can it be achieved? How could you tell whether a computer has a mind? Is the human brain in fact a computer?


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Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Learning Journal 15% 1 brief entry per week. Due each week by midnight Friday
Blog 15 Mar 2019 15% Blog of 500 words. Due midnight on Friday 15 March.
Essay 10 May 2019 40% Essay of 1200 words.
Test 30 May 2019 30% Class test. 5:00 - 6:15 pm (75 minutes)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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  • PHIL137-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023 - Not Offered