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  • Locations: Virtual, International
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Non-IILE applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 01/21/2022
Rolling Admission 02/05/2022 06/04/2022

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Program Description:
Many approaches in examining technology exist of those that look at technology through ethics, utility but also through sustainable development and ecology. Twenty-first century is marked with increased technological developments which focus on automation, big data, artificial intelligence, algorithms and machine learning that at the same time provide for opportunities and challenges to human rights law and politics. The examples such as Cambridge Analytica and Brexit and some recent events demonstrate an urgent need to understand and develop firmer protections for human rights which otherwise could be evaded by technological advances. Moreover technological development raises not only anthropocentric but also questions related to transhumanism or the relation between the human and the machine which is discussed by Donna Haraway in a Cyborg Manifesto (1991); the relationship between the technology and justice by George Grant (1986); and more as popular overview in Homo Deus: Brief History of Tomorrow by Harari (2017). Furthermore, philosophers such as Heidegger and Foucault have been concerned with the question of  technology and technologies by way of explaining relations between technology and “being” - Heidegger and “technologies of power” - Foucault.  Hannah Arendt in the Human Condition (1958) provides a comprehensive critique and history of technological progress and expresses her fears that technological progress could undermine not only human rights but the ability to speak and act in public and by that threatening politics and plurality. Recently the UN Commissioner for Human Rights (September, 2021) has called for an urgent action in dealing with the threats that artificial intelligence poses on human rights. In the similar manner the Report by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression (2018, A/73/348)  has stressed out that artificial intelligence is a challenge and a threat for human rights. Therefore, the course's main aim is to focus on the limits and threats of technology to human rights on the one hand, and possibilities on the other hand, by discussing some of the philosophers and political theorists mentioned above in conjunction with the developments within the United Nations and Council of Europe that pertain to human rights and technology.

Course Days and Times
Monday and Wednesday, 17:00-18:20 (Abu Dis Time). 10:00-11:20 (New York Time). 16:00-17:20 (Vienna Time).

Jana Lozanoska

Course Level

4 US / 8 ECTS

OSUN Partner Offering Course
Al Quds Bard (AQB)


This program is currently not accepting applications.