Existential Risks

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCGHU307
Vaknaam Existential Risks
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Existential Risks
Leerdoelen 1. Estimate the severity of different existential risks facing humanity using quantitative and qualitative measures.

2. Make an in-depth assessment of a specific existential risk and consider effective mitigation responses.

3. Effectively work together with other students to determine the tradeoffs involved in existential risk mitigation.

4. Present one's finding in an accessible and compelling form.

5. Outline the limits of our understanding of the scope of various existential risks and mitigation strategies.
Omschrijving What are the biggest risks to the survival of humanity?

Should we fear, for example, supervolcano eruptions, asteroid impacts, pandemics, runaway climate change, nuclear war, biological war or a malevolent superintelligence?

In this course we study such existential risks facing humanity, learn what the best available science says about them, and discuss which of them are the most serious. We also consider and try to develop strategies for mitigating them.

As it turns out, the most serious risks can only be understood by combining tools from the natural, social, and cultural sciences. In that sense, this is a truly interdisciplinary course.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Lecture
Toetsvorm Assignments
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. S.M. Friederich
Docent(en) dr. S.M. Friederich
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Global Catastrophic Risks Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic 9780199606504 ca. €  25,00
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 3) - semester II a keuze