Critical Design and Practical Ethics for AI

3 credits

The course is part of the programme MAISTR ( where participants can take the entire programme or individual courses. The course is for professionals and is held online in English. Application is open as long as there is a possibility of admission. The courses qualify for credits and are free of charge for participants who are citizens of any EU or EEA country, or Switzerland, or are permanent residents in Sweden. More information can be found at
About the course Critical design and practical ethics for AI, 3 credits

Who is this course for?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being increasingly implemented and used in society today. It has already proven to have an impact on the individual, organization and society, and this impact will most likely only increase. Therefore, it is important to understand the ethical issues that may arise from use of AI, as well as to adopt a critical stance to the technology’s impact.

The course introduces critical and ethical issues surrounding data and society, to train the student to problematize and reason about artificial intelligence (AI).

You are most likely a designer, innovator, or product manager that works with digital services and products.

What will you learn from this course?

The course deals with different perspectives on AI and its real and potential effect on organizations and society. The course is based on five different perspectives on AI: accountability, surveillance capitalism, power and bias, sustainability, and trust.

The course material consists of recent and relevant literature on the impact of, and critical perspectives on AI. Active discussions founded in different ethical perspectives are also an important part of the course.

What is the format of this course?

This course is primarily self-paced, with a few synchronous meetings. Most activities are based on the student’s having consumed specified material beforehand, such as video lectures, podcasts, articles, and books. Active discussions, both in online forums and during synchronous meetings, are an important part of the course.

Autumn 2022 (Distance (Internet), Varied, 12%)


Advanced level

Application code:


Entry requirements:

Degree of Bachelor or Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent of 180 Swedish credit points or 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 in Swedish Upper-Secondary School.

Selection rules:

Credits: 100%

Start week:

week: 44

Number of gatherings:


Instructional time:

Various times

Language of instruction:

Teaching is in English.

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