Philosophy of Data and Digital Society
Datafication and digitalization are transforming our world into a digital society. Examine the impact of this technological transformation on social institutions, science, our work, our daily lives, and even our friendships. Reflect on fundamental ethical and political questions that arise. Learn how you can help shape a morally acceptable digital social world. This program can also be followed part-time. Philosophy of Data and Digital Society is a track of the MA Philosophy.
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National Student Survey, 2022 | n = 44 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)
National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n = 7 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)
Program and courses
Explore distinct philosophical questions that emerge in a digitalized society, such as:
- ethical and political questions related to the design and implementation of digital technologies, the collection and commodification of data, and the impact of digitalization on social justice;
- questions related to the nature of data, methods of statistical interpretation, and the value of public data literacy;
- questions related to human nature, intelligence, emotion, and meaning, as well as our relation to culture, environment, and social life.
Address essential topics, like:
- the relation between data and evidence; and responsibility, transparency and trust when using algorithms in decision making;
- the internet’s potential to democratize knowledge and, on the other hand, undermine trust online;
- digitalization’s impact on work, employment, care and friendship;
- the impact of emerging cyber-physical systems on the cores of human existence and the values of solidarity, equality and freedom.
Profit from small-scale working methods with a great deal of interaction, which enables in-depth analysis and discussion with fellow students and lecturers.
This program can also be followed part-time. Philosophy of Data and Digital Society is a track of the MA Philosophy. You always choose one of the tracks.
Typical courses are:
Upon graduation from this track, you will be an MA in Philosophy, specializing in Philosophy of Data and Digital Society. You will be equipped to provide plausible answers to fundamental questions about the many facets of digitalized human societies and to (co)shape a morally acceptable digital social world.
Your ability to assess the potential outcomes of new digital developments and to help decide which path to take is valuable for jobs in a variety of domains, such as the political-administrative domain, business, health and wellbeing, media, information and communication, research, and education.
Some examples of positions in which our Philosophy alumni are employed:
- Consultant at Bvolve
- Information manager at a Dutch government agency
- Communication advisor at Taskforce for Applied Research SIA
- Average number of months between graduation and first job: 4.6
- 86% would choose this program at Tilburg University again
Source: National Alumni Survey 2021 | n = 7 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)
Application and admission
This Master's program starts:
End of August and end of January* (both the Master’s and the pre-Master’s program)
Best preparatory programs:
Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy or - combined with the pre-Master - a Bachelor’s degree in another relevant field.
Open to both research university students and students of a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).
Tuition fees and scholarships
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