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Unit description

Introduces students to the complexities that surround the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Concepts of legal personhood and volition are explored. The implications of the integration of AI into society are analysed, as well as the legal ramifications. The role of literature and media are investigated as a pathway to brokering the human/AI relationship.

Unit content

Topic 1: Theoretical/philosophical basis: from modernism to postmodernism, to post-postmodernism.

Topic 2: Posthumanism: definition.

Topic 3: The evolving nature of legality in a digital world.

Topic 4: Technology and legal personhood.

Topic 5: Cultural beliefs and juridical categories.

Topic 6: Subjectivity vs technological object.

Topic 7: Responsibilities and boundaries.

Topic 8: The role of media and literature on acceptance of legal personhood.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and implications of the integration of AI in societyIntellectual rigourEthical practice
2explain the evolving complexities of the consequences of non-organic entities that can form and express autonomous willIntellectual rigourEthical practice
3discuss the potential problematic legal challenges that can occur and the problematisation of legal personaIntellectual rigourCreativityEthical practice
4consider the role of media and literature in shaping societal acceptance/non-acceptance of AI.CreativityEthical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and implications of the integration of AI in society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. explain the evolving complexities of the consequences of non-organic entities that can form and express autonomous will
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  3. discuss the potential problematic legal challenges that can occur and the problematisation of legal persona
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. consider the role of media and literature in shaping societal acceptance/non-acceptance of AI.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • Braidotti, R, 2013, The Posthuman , Polity Press, Cambridge UK.
  • Hayles, K, 1999, How We Became Posthuman. Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics Literature and Informatics , The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London.
  • Herbrechter, S, 2013, Posthumanism: A Critical Analysis, Bloomsbury, London, New Delhi, New York.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 4 days (Once)
Assessment
Participation20%
Presentation20%
Essay60%
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