This interdisciplinary course provides an in-depth study of a topic in liberal studies, to develop students' understanding of a specific cultural, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issue of concern to society, including consideration of both continuity and change. LIBS 7027 promotes cultural and civic literacy by exploring important social and cultural issues, in order to enhance the ability of students to contribute positively to workplaces and communities. Topics vary from term to term and may include subjects such as: technology and values; environmental ethics; utopian literature; the city - design and history; women in science and technology. Students may only take Selected Topics twice for credit towards a BCIT degree program.
BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
TThe topic is "The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: Science, Philosophy and History". This course will discuss whether machines will ever be able to think (strong AI), whether it is likely that they will need a body to have intelligence (robots), and whether artificial neural networks are more likely to succeed in producing genuine human-level AI. It will examine the abilities and limitations of the most impressive examples of AI from each era of research. In addition, it will also look at what the impact of AI research has had on concepts of free will, theories of knowledge, and theories of how humans reason about ethics. There will not be a textbook for this course as all course material is freely available online. No prior knowledge of computer science and AI is required. FINAL EXAMS: All final exams MUST be written at BCIT during the last week of the course on the designated dates and times given at course start.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe specific philosophical, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issues presented in the course.
Identify ambiguity, controversy and complexity by assessing the relative merits of different interpretations of issues and/or texts.
Recognize and articulate the distinctions between continuity and change, related to course themes.
Define the concepts of context, idea, historical period, cultural distinctions, and enduring human concerns (e.g., the individual's relationship to society, technology, authority), as they relate to the overall course topic.
Apply, in course assignments and discussions, cross-disciplinary approaches, ideas, and solutions.
Critically read and assess material from disciplines, genres, and eras other than those normally encountered in her/his BCIT technology program.
Evaluate credibility, context, evidence, and soundness of reasoning related to course themes.
Produce paragraph-based, essay-based and/or oral presentations that evaluate aspects of the course material.
Produce written argument essays and oral arguments in class discussion that demonstrate skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
Present ideas and research findings in a research paper / project report.
Produce a list of references that demonstrates sound research methodology and citation skills apply course concepts to his/her intellectual, civic, and professional life outside the classroom.
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2013
LIBS 7027 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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