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Black Panthers, Brown Berets: Radical Social Movements of the Late-20th Century

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

Anthropology of Religion

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

Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well Being Around the World

Language, Power, and Social Justice

Live Like It's 3000 BC: Introduction to Experimental Archaeology

Protecting and Serving What?: U.S. Policing and Racism Through an Anthropological Lens

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects the Health of Black Lives and Communities

Forensic Science - CSI Providence

Neuroeconomics: The Science of Decision Making

Ancient Greek Theater Production

Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Playing with Death: Games in the Ancient World

Introduction to Statistical Programming in R

Introduction to Systems Thinking: Game Design and Learning

An Introduction to Game Theory

Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction

Economania

Econometrics: Statistical Tools to Understand Economic Data

Economics of Everyday Life for Everyday Life

How a Nation's Economy Works: An Introduction to Macroeconomics

Intro to Microeconomics

Introduction to Behavioral Finance

Introduction to the Global Business Environment

Making Informed Financial Decisions in Today's World Economy

Technology and Its Effect on Business and World Economies

The Entrepreneurial Process: Turning Ideas into Commercial Realities

The Wealth of Nations: Why Are Some Countries Richer Than Others?

An Introduction to Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Egyptology 101

Coming of Age in African Literature

Introduction to Language and Linguistics

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

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

Party Girls: Feminist Fiction Up Till Dawn, 1815 - 2015

ReWrite Mississippi: Narratives of Harmony and Hate

Transnational Detective Fiction

A People's History of War in America

Ancient Warfare

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

Diplomacy

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

Power and the Production of History

Ancient Art in the Flesh: Discovering ancient art at the RISD Museum

Fakes, Forgeries, and Fraud in Art History

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Mathematical Modeling of Finance: An Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

Probability and Its Applications

Statistics in the Real World

Cinema and Revolution: A Global Perspective

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

From Mayberry to "Netflix and Chill": Topics in Television Studies, Race, Gender, and Class

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

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

Issues in Bioethics

Jazz and Hip Hop

Contemporary Moral Issues

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

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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From Newton to Nanotechnology: History and Applications of Physics

Brothers in Arms: War, States, and Human Rights

Creating Change Through Public Policy

Debating Democracy: Reform and Revolution

Ethics and International Affairs

Great Trials That Changed History: A Judge's Perspective

Introduction to the Politics of Global Poverty and Inequality

Introduction to U.S. Law and The Way Lawyers Think

Law, Ethics, and Democracy

Political Theory and the Law

Taking Life to Save Life: War, Media and Humanitarianism

Terrorism in the United States

The American Presidency

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

The U.S. In World Politics

To Fight Without Violence: History, Theories, and Tactics of Nonviolent Civil Resistance

Your Body Your Rules: An Interdisciplinary Unpacking of Reproductive Justice

Conducting Research at the Forefront of Science: Mental Health, Policy, and Social Implications of Cannabis Use in the U.S.

Organizational Behavior

A Queer Theory Approach to Public Health

From Muhammad to Malcolm: Islam, Race, and Empire

Engaging the Sociological Imagination: An Introduction to Sociology

Finance for the Poor: Microcredit, Poverty, and Development

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Thinking Globally: Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World

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