Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (V7092)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Artificial intelligence is increasingly embedded in society and shapes many aspects of our lives. It is developing at a rapid – and sometimes alarming – pace.

This module explores some of the philosophical questions raised by the nature of this technology and its growing social and political importance. For example, can artificial intelligence systems think and feel? How should we treat such systems? And how serious are the risks and dangers that they pose?


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: