Master Programmes

Responsible AI Leadership

In this course, participants will explore the ethical, normative, and societal implications of AI and mechanisms to ensure that AI systems remain accountable and advance the social good.

About the course

AI technologies increasingly mediate our interaction with organizations both private and public, through for example newsfeeds, recommendations, diagnostics, and analytics. With the increased adoption comes also risks associated with lack of transparency, discrimination, manipulation, and dangers to the democratic processes. Thus, increasingly, companies and public agencies must navigate evolving accountability demands and be aware of developing regulation surrounding the use of AI and related technologies.

In this course, combining theoretical foundations from data ethics, law and governance, and real-world inquiry, participants will build their ethical imaginations and skills for responsible use of AI.

Practically, using case studies, participants will explore current applications of quantitative reasoning in organizations, algorithmic transparency, and unintended automation of discrimination via data that contains biases rooted in race, gender, class, and other characteristics. The cases will be considered in the light of existing and proposed regulations in the European Union (EU) such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the proposed AI Act and proposed Data Governance Regulation.

The course will also introduce students to the global regulatory landscape, and ongoing efforts to make AI more accountable and work towards sustainable implementations of it.


Three main target groups:


  • The Nature of Intelligence
  • The History and Core Concepts of Artificial Intelligence
  • Recent Developments and Impact of Artificial Intelligence
  • The AI Life Cycle
  • The Nature and Pitfalls of Data
  • Navigating the Realites and Tradeoffs in Data Science
  • Al Accountability, Transparency and Explainability
  • AI Risk Management
  • AI and Global Perspectives
  • AI and Public Service Perspectives
  • Governance frameworks for AI Implementations
  • Risks and Benefits of Regulation
  • Regulations governing AI
  • Regulation through AI
  • Upcoming regulatory developments
  • Participation in Regulation – AI Sandboxes
  • Open-Sourcing and Communities of Practice
  • AI Impact AssessmentCo-Design and Stakeholder Engagement with and around AI
  • Tackling Grand Challenges with AI


Image of Christian Fieseler
Image of Christian Fieseler

Christian Fieseler

Christian Fieseler is professor for communication management at BI Norwegian Business School and the founding director of the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society.

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Image of Samson Yoseph Esayas

Samson Yoseph Esayas

Samson Yoseph Esayas is associate professor at the Department of Law and Governance.

Practical information

Practical information

Oslo: Fall 2023

Start up webinar: 13.09
Module 1: 11.10 - 12.10 
Module 2: 22.11 - 23.11