PHIL250-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Turing: From the Computer Revolution to the Philosophy of AI

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course tells you (nearly) everything you ever wanted to know about Alan Turing, the birth of the computer, and the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. It is a problem-based course, equally suitable for Arts, Science, Engineering, and Law students.

Not only is philosophy one of the most interesting and challenging subjects, it teaches skills that employers want: thinking outside the box, logic, ethics, and excellent writing and communication skills. At UC you can do either a BA or a BSc in Philosophy, or combine a Philosophy major with the LLB, BCom, or another degree.

BA or BSc students who major in philosophy must normally take at least two 100-level PHIL courses, plus at least three 200-level PHIL courses (including PHIL233), plus at least 60-points from 300-level PHIL courses (including at least one course from this list: PHIL305; PHIL310; PHIL311; and PHIL317). For more information see the BA regulations and/or the BSc regulations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn in detail about Turing’s contributions to philosophy and computer science
  • Acquire a detailed knowledge of selected core topics in the philosophy of computing
  • Enhance your ability to think independently, systematically, and creatively
  • Improve your verbal skills and analytic reasoning skills
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Any 15 points at 100 level in PHIL, COSC, LING, MATH, or
PSYC, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA or the BSc.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 A4 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 A4 Lecture Theatre (28/7-25/8)
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 17 Oct
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Zoom
18 Oct - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Diane Proudfoot


Jack Copeland

Contact Diane or Jack for further information.

Course links

Library portal
Philosophy Essay Writing Guide (available to all enrolled Philosophy students)
Course Outline

(*Image: Courtesy of J.P. Bowen.)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

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