Ethics in Mathematics


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Mathematics is usually regarded as ahistorical and culturally independent and hence amoral. The use of mathematics in guiding policy decisions challenges this view and has become an important topic with the proliferation of algorithms that affect people’s lives in a multitude of domains.

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to ethics with a focus on the relationship between mathematics and ethics. The aim is to develop students’ capabilities to support their post-doctoral careers. On completing the course, students will have a basic idea of what making ethical choices entails.