Artificial Intelligence and Democracy

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /16
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1540-1740 WB121

Course Description

American democracy has a major information problem. Most voters do not know who represents them or what they do, and most candidates and elected officials do not know what voters want or need. The result is a democracy in which politicians act contrary to the interests of their constituents and bear little cost for doing so because their constituents lack the information to hold them accountable. This contributes to a broader set of problems for democracy, including the systematic disengagement of segments of the population from political participation and their underrepresentation in the democratic process. This course will examine whether generative artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to address this problem and the threat that AI poses for democracy. The course will examine defects in democracy both domestically and globally and assess the opportunities and possibilities of trying to harness the new technology and its potential in service of democracy. In the first part of the course, we will explore how AI works. Next, we will examine defects in democracy focusing on participation, representation, and accountability. Finally, we will discuss the possibilities for AI as a tool to address democracy’s defects.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be expected to write a paper either examining an AI threat to democracy and possible legal or policy responses to that threat or identify an opportunity for AI to improve democracy. The paper will be due via EXPO by noon on December 18, 2024 (the day before the last day of the finals period).

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced via Canvas.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124820579

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Democracy and Civil Rights , Law and Technology

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