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CIS 350—Computers and Society

Spring 2002 Syllabus

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topics given to the class as a whole to discuss via the WebBoard.  You will lose points if you do not add your thoughts and comments to these discussions.  The participation will be divided into the first 6- 7 weeks and the second 6- 7 weeks.  Each week, you can earn a maximum of 20 points for your participation that week.

Ethics Case Analysis Group Project:

The only way to truly understand ethics is to apply the theories to real-world situations.  You will be divided into groups of four or five students.  Each group will be responsible for reading and analyzing an ethical case scenario.  You will be graded both on your individual analysis and on your participation in contributing to the final group report.

Shorter assignments:

These might include a short introductory assignment at the beginning of the semester, and  two presentations to the class, at least one of which will be a prepared oral presentation (that might use Powerpoint plus audio, for distance students). These assignments will probably  include a "debate" on a contemporary issue.

Midterm and Final Examinations:

There will be two exams in this course.  The midterm will cover the material from the first half of the course, the final will cover the second half of the course.  These exams are designed to test your individual effort and understanding of the course material.

Course Schedule and Readings

All readings and assignments are required.  Please do not assume otherwise.

Part 1—History, Theory, Research Methods, and Ethics:

This part will last for approximately the first four weeks of the course.  During this time you will acquire the intellectual tools that you will need to discuss and analyze the issues we will discuss during Part 2 of the course.

Week 1—History of Computers and Theoretical Perspectives of Computing Research

(January 21- 26)

During this week we will briefly cover the history of the computer.  Next we will discuss the different approaches that different people have taken towards the study of the social impacts of computing.  You are responsible for the following:


1. Watch "lecture 1" "History and theoretical perspectives" from the CD Rom or streaming video

2.  Listen to / watch the supplementary  E-Lecture on the History of Computing available through the course website


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