Introduction to AI Ethics

Skills4Good Responsible AI Program

Artificial intelligence and machine learning applications are proliferating across all sectors of the economy and within most units within organizations. From finance and marketing to HR auditing strategy, fraud, investigation and risk management. In this course, you're going to develop the tools for thinking critically and carefully about how to balance the promises and perils of AI and machine learning in business. We're going to cover five key areas. First, we're going to have an introduction to key concepts in AI ethics. Second, will look at issues on privacy and human rights. Third, will consider bias, discrimination and fairness. Fourth, we will consider the black box problem of AI. Lastly, we will consider responsibility and accountability.

Course Outline

Course 2 of 3

  • 1

    Introduction to AI Ethics

    • Module 1: Key Concepts in AI Ethics, Part 1

    • Module 2: Key Concepts in AI Ethics, Part 2

    • Module 3: Privacy & Human Rights, Part 1

    • Module 4: Privacy & Human Rights, Part 2

    • Module 5: Fairness, Bias & Discrimination, Part 1

    • Module 6: Fairness, Bias & Discrimination, Part 2

    • Module 7: AI Opacity & Right to Explanation, Part 1

    • Module 8: AI Opacity & Right to Explanation, Part 2

    • Module 9: AI Accountability & Algorithmic Impact Assessments

    • Module 10: Recap of AI Ethics Course

    • Final Quiz

    • Course Completion Survey

Meet Your Instructor

Prof. Joshua Skorburg, PhD

Co-Director, Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical AI (CARE-AI)

Joshua is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Academic Co-Director of the Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI), and Faculty Affiliate at the One Health Institute at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He was also Professor at the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he taught data ethics in the Interdisciplinary Data Science program and the Quantitative Management program. He received his PhD in Philosophy in 2017 from the University of Oregon. His research spans topics in applied ethics and moral psychology.


  • Who is the Responsible AI Program designed for?

    It was created for professionals who currently use big data and AI systems in their daily work, or will do so in the near future. The Program covers the technical, ethical, legal and societal impacts of AI development. This program provides a foundational understanding as to what constitutes Responsible AI including baseline awareness of risks and limitations associated with AI systems. It will enable individuals to operationalize ethical AI considerations in their daily work. This Program does not require an individual to have a computer science or technical background in order to take the courses.

  • Can I buy the courses individually?

    Yes, you may buy an individual course if you wish to focus exclusively on a specific topic. However, we highly recommend that you purchase the 3 courses comprising the Responsible AI Program if you wish to acquire a rich, multi-disciplinary perspective of Responsible AI’s various facets. In this way, you will learn how AI uniquely impacts society from the viewpoints of technology, philosophy, ethics and law.

  • When will I have access to the course?

    Once you enrol in the course, you’ll have immediate access to the course.

  • How much time do I need?

    The Responsible AI Program is comprised of 3 self-guided online courses that you can take at your own pace anytime and anywhere. We designed the lessons in short segments so that you can take each program module in ten minutes or less. It will take about 3.5 hours to complete the Program. Each course will take about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.

  • How long can I access the course?

    You can access the course for 180 days from the date of your enrolment in the course. If you do not earn your course completion certificate within 180 days, your registration will expire and you will need to pay to re-enrol for the course.

  • What is the refund or cancellation policy?

    You can request a full refund or cancellation up to 7 calendar days after confirmation of your paid enrolment, provided you have not started any lesson in the course or Program. After 7 days, if you have already started a lesson, you will not be entitled to any refund or cancellation from Skills4Good.

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  • Do I receive a certificate of completion?

    Yes. After you complete the course, you will automatically receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.