PHIL424-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a new and rapidly developing field that affects social media, military actions, the way we are governed, our criminal justice and health systems, and many other areas that impact on our lives. In each of these areas, the use of AI can and will create situations that harm or benefit people and also non-human animals. Understanding the nature of these potential harms and benefits, their value and disvalue, and what can enhance, mitigate or remove them, can help to make the widespread adoption of AI technologies ethical and also more publicly acceptable.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Permission of the Head of Department.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 242
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Elizabeth Stewart


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Presentations 30% Presentations
AI Ethics and Policy Development 35% AI Ethics and Policy Development
AI Ethics Research Essay 35% AI Ethics Research Essay

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* 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.

For further information see Humanities .

All PHIL424 Occurrences

  • PHIL424-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • PHIL424-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)