Course 2023-2024 a.y.


Department of Law

Course taught in English

Class timetable
Exam timetable
Go to class group/s: 27
BAI (1 credits - II sem. - OB)
Course Director:

Classes: 27 (II sem.)

Synchronous Blended: Lessons in synchronous mode in the classroom (for a maximum of one hour per credit in remote mode)

Mission & Content Summary


Digital technologies offer many benefits to individuals and society, and have brought about substantial changes in personal relations, style of life and individual capabilities. At the same time, digital technologies give rise to important ethical issues. In a number of circumstances, the implementation of digital technologies may generate unfair consequences, makes accountability opaque, and does not meet the requirement of transparency. To address these issues, specific paths of reasoning and evaluations are needed. The mission of this seminar is to introduce to the students the main problems and methods of digital ethics, seen as a branch of applied ethics. Furthermore, the seminar provides an overview of the European AI Act, the world’s first comprehensive regulation of artificial intelligence.


The seminar consists of four sessions. In each session, a specific aspect of digital ethics will be addressed and discussed in class, based on one or more case studies. The seminar session will be focused on the following subjects:

1. Basics of moral reasoning and moral decision-making;

2. Digital technologies, accountability and uncertainty;

3. Privacy and data protection;

4. The EU Artificial Intelligence Act.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)


At the end of the course student will be able to...

1) think critically about ethical issues arising in the digital world;

2) apply correct forms of moral argumentation in concrete cases;

3) master the ethical skills that are needed to enhance professional responsibility in the field of digital technologies;

4) envisage the legal constraints that are going to affect the use of Artificial Intelligence in the EU countries.


At the end of the course student will be able to...


1) identify the moral implications of technological options, and to evaluate them on the basis of various forms of moral reasoning;

2) provide a justified answer to the moral problems considered in the case studies;

3) evaluate the risk of a digital innovation in the light of the requirements of professional accountability;

4) identify the technological applications of AI that will be unlawful in Europe.


Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Interactive class activities on campus/online (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)


In addition to one-on-one lectures, the seminar will include the presentation of leading cases in which the use of digital technologies gives rise to ethical and legal issues. The cases will then be discussed in class and alternative solutions to the problems in question will be critically explored.

At the end of each session of the seminar, a decision-making situation will be simulated in class, and each student will be called upon to suggest a course of action that comply with a set of ethical requirements.


Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)


The assessment will be based on:

1) the individual report on a case study;

2) the participation to class discussion;


The individual report is designed to test how students master the main problems and methods of digital ethics, as well as to prove their ability to practice specific paths of reasoning;

The participation to class discussion is designed to test students' ability to practice specific paths of reasoning, as well as their interaction with pairs.


  • The assessment will be based on

    1) a short essay on an assigned topic.


    The short essay for non attending students is designed to test the students' ability to identify and address ethical issues in the field of digital technologies.

Teaching materials


Textbook and other materials will be communicated before the seminar gets started


Slido, youtube videos, web-based simulations.

Last change 19/01/2024 08:18