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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Pre-requisites

96 credit points in any tertiary study

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and implications of the integration of AI in society
2 explain the evolving complexities of the consequences of non-organic entities that can form and express autonomous will
3 discuss the potential problematic legal challenges that can occur and the problematisation of legal persona
4 consider the role of media and literature in shaping societal acceptance/non-acceptance of AI.

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:
    • GA3:
  2. explain the evolving complexities of the consequences of non-organic entities that can form and express autonomous will
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
  3. discuss the potential problematic legal challenges that can occur and the problematisation of legal persona
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  4. consider the role of media and literature in shaping societal acceptance/non-acceptance of AI.
    • GA2:
    • GA3:

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.