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Dyin’ Dixie?: Literature and Culture of the Southern U.S.

Race, Gender & Horror: Reading Psychoanalysis in American Film & Fiction

Anthropology of Religion

Girl Power Through the Ages: An Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice

Language, Power, and Social Justice

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Ancient Greek Theater Production

Playing with Death: Games in the Ancient World

Best Frenemies?: Cultural Narratives of Female Friendship in Literature and Film

Coming of Age in African Literature

Creative Coding: Reading and Writing Web-based Literature Online

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Experimental Writing

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Introduction to Fiction Writing

Introduction to Language and Linguistics

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

Medical Diagnostics: Observation, Interpretation, the Art of Being a Better MD

Monstrosities: The Meaning of Monsters in the Modern World

Narratives of Revolution and (post)Colonialism: Race, Gender, and Human Rights

Reading, Writing, Traveling: An Exploration in Creative Nonfiction

ReWrite Mississippi: Narratives of Harmony and Hate

Transnational Detective Fiction

Writing Flash Fiction

Writing for College and Beyond

Writing Seminar: Composing the Academic Essay

Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words

Writing Seminar: Writing the Expository Essay

Writing Speculative Fiction

Civil Rights and Its Opponents, from the Civil War to Now

Humanities Seminar: Disruptive Thinkers, Ideological Conflict, and Social Revolution

Power and the Production of History

Logic & Paradox

Fiction for Social Change: Building a Shared Analysis of Justice and Community

The *@#%* Media: Pulling Back the Curtain on Fake News

Work and Its Discontents: Theory, History and Media of Work and Its Refusal

Contemporary Moral Issues

Happiness: Philosophy and Psychology

Issues in Moral Philosophy: Trust in the Face of Lies, Deception, and Conspiracy

Science, Perception and Reality

The Ethics of Technology: Privacy, Biased Algorithms, and Moral Robots

This discussion-based class surveys a range of ethical (broadly construed) issues arising from emerging technologies. In doing so, the course also aims to sharpen students' skills at critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation. The issues we'll discuss include:

- Privacy

Privacy I: It's common to hear worries about privacy in internet and data ethics. What might such worries be about, in more concrete terms? Are we always talking about the same thing, when we claim to be worried about privacy? And why, most fundamentally, do we care about privacy? Suppose, for instance, that data about us is collected, but in such a way that we aren't identifiable: is our privacy nevertheless still threatened?

Privacy II: Do social media companies (such as Facebook) have a moral obligation to suppress the spread of fake news over their networks? Is the suppression of fake news by social media companies a form of censorship? Is censorship ever morally permissible --- and if so, under what conditions?

- Bias and discrimination

Do emerging technologies like Big Data increase inequality or be unfair, and if so, how? In what way might the algorithms driving decisions behind the scenes be biased or discriminatory? (And what is it to discriminate?)

- Building ethical robots (and autonomous systems)

How do we build autonomous systems that behave ethically (as far as it is possible for them to do so)? Should we go for programs that derive their own rules by learning from experience (but whose rules it may not be possible for us be sure of)? Or should we instead use only programs with explicitly formulated rules (but which may not be able to adapt to changing environments)?

Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required, though students should be prepared to put in intellectual effort.

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Themes from Existentialism

Debating Democracy: Reform and Revolution

Ethics and International Affairs

Law, Ethics, and Democracy

Political Theory and the Law

Taking Life to Save Life: War, Media and Humanitarianism

Terrorism in the United States

The End of Politics as We Know It? Theories of Control & Resistance in the Digital Age

The Idea of Socialism: Radical Political Theory from Paine to Marx

The Power of Political Ideas

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

Psychology of Good and Evil

From Muhammad to Malcolm: Islam, Race, and Empire

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Thinking Globally: Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World

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