Why choose this course?
What exactly is computation? Is a computer just an electronic brain or is there a fundamental difference? Is there a difference between the ways in which a computer and a human solve problems? What is intelligence? Is machine intelligence different to human intelligence? Are there limits to what computers can and can't do? Are some problems harder than others? What does the future of computing look like? How does computing relate to the rest of technology?
Can computers continue to get smaller, faster and more powerful or is there some natural limit? What are the social, legal, ethical and environmental impacts of technological development? Will quantum computing, biological computing or optical computing take over from conventional electronic computing? Will we reach a point at which computers and robots are better and more powerful than humans? What will happen then?
These are some of the deep and complex issues to be considered by this fascinating programme on the philosophy of computing.
Many employers are looking for graduates that have a wide understanding of technology and we’ve developed this degree with this in mind. The course will provide you with the wider philosophical knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the computing industry where graduates have the ability to think analytically, reflect critically and apply reasoning to the current world of computerisation.
You will study the technology we use today and could use in the future while considering social, legal, ethical and environmental issues.
You can also choose to study this course as a foundation year BSc (Hons) Computing Philosophy (4 years including foundation year)