Ethics For The Digital Age: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

This micro-credential provides an introduction to moral philosophy, and considers its application to problems arising out of the development of new, digital technologies. The first half of the micro-credential covers several influential theories about what makes an action or policy morally right or morally wrong. In the second half of the micro-credential, you’ll discuss applied ethical questions concerning cutting-edge digital technologies.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Six PD Points – convertible to academic credit for PHIL1001 Ethics for the Digital Age: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy 
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Start date
Monday 22 February 2021

Applications close
Monday 15 February 2021
Full semester: Monday 22 February – Monday 17 May 2021 (Semester 1)
150 hours
2-hour lecture per week, 1-hour tutorial per week (optional), plus reading hours
Academic Lead
Dr Lachlan Umbers
$1,320 inc. GST
Critical information summary
PHILM401 Ethics For The Digital Age: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

What you'll learn

Understand key ethical theories.

Apply ethical theories to contemporary controversies in the development and use of new technologies.

Gain crucial analytical and critical thinking skills.

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Gain a solid understanding of the most important ethical theories in western thought including: Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, and Moral Relativism
  • Examine the key ethical issues in the development and use of new technologies 
  • Learn and deploy valuable analytical and critical thinking skills

How does it work?

Assessments comprise two components: a 1000-word essay and a take-home assessment at the end of the semester. 

What's next after this course?

Future study
Completion of Ethics For The Digital Age will provide credit towards any UWA undergraduate degree and give students a head-start in UWA’s undergraduate Philosophy major. 
Career outcomes
This micro-credential is an excellent professional development opportunity for those with an interest in ethics, technology or the intersection of the two. It is is also suitable for those working as secondary STEM or philosophy and ethics teachers, and for those working in communications and marketing, science and technology, software development, policy development and/or advisory roles.  


Applications are open.

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