Postgraduate Module Descriptor

PHLM011: Data Governance and Ethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

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Available via distance learning


Data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and “big data” have become central to every aspect of social life. How can these complex and powerful technologies best be managed and governed for the benefit of society now and in the future? In this module you will: (1) identify some of the main risks and ethical/legal challenges involved in the widespread automation and digitalisation of services characterising 21st century life (for example, the clash between individual desire for privacy, frameworks for data ownership and the institutional commodification of personal data); (2) examine whether and how such concerns can be handled; and (3) discuss the responsibilities of data scientists and other producers of technologies for data analysis towards their proper use.

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