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Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence: Foundations

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Autumn Term 2021

About the course

This course is an introduction to central philosophical issues about the foundations of artificial intelligence. It focuses on questions like: What is intelligence? How will the intelligence of artificial systems be different from ours? Will they be capable of thinking? Can artificial systems be conscious? What is the difference between symbolic reasoning machines and connectionist networks? How does deep learning work? Should we try to mimic the human mind when developing intelligent machines? When (if ever) will superintelligent machines occur? And what are the philosophical implications of simulating our own minds in machines? The main focus will be on foundational texts from philosophy and the study of artificial intelligence.

Application and eligibility

Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence: Foundations, 7.5 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2021 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


30 August 2021


1 November 2021

Study location




Type of studies

Mixed, 50%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of on campus meetings

No on campus meetings.

Outline for distance course

Students are required to have access to a computer and a stable internet connection. 

Required Knowledge

90 ECTS credits in philosophy, cognitive science, computer science, informatics, psychology, linguistics, mathematics, biology, or equivalent, or a Degree encompassing at least 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent (previous higher education studies in at least one of the subjects listed is highly recommended). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.


Academic credits

Application code



Application deadline was 15 April 2021. The application period is closed.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 11,625

Total fee

SEK 11,625

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Study advisor