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CIS 350—Computers and Society

Spring 2002 Syllabus

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Lecture: Watch "Lecture 11," "Ethics"

Readings:

1.

Johnson Chapters 2 and 3

2.

Laudon, K.C.  Ethical concepts and information technology.  CACM Dec.

1995, 33-39.  

3. Print and MEMORIZE: the ACM code of ethics, which you can find at www.acm.org

4. Software engineering code of ethics is approved; Don Gotterbarn, Keith Miller, and Simon Rogerson; Commun. ACM 42, 10 (Oct. 1999), Pages 102 - 107

http://www.acm.org/pubs/citations/journals/cacm/1999-42-10/p102-gotterbarn/  

Assignments:

1.

WebBoard Discussion Topic: Ethics Case Analysis

2.

POST YOUR PROJECT: Contact Internship Sites, Finalize Placement, Make a work schedule

OR- Be accepted into and Start participating in the group project

Week 4— (Feb 10-16--) Ethical Analysis Continued

During this week we will practice/discuss the applications of the theories we learned in the previous week to actual cases.  We will study methodology for doing so that has been established in the computing community.  You are responsible for the following:

Readings:

1. Loch, K.D. and Confer, S. Evaluating ethical decision making and computer use.  CACM  July 1996, 74- 83.

2. Wood-Harper, A.T. et. al, The ethical systems analyst.  CACM  March 1996, 69- 77.

3. Berdichevski. Towards an Ethics of Persuasive Technology, CACM, May 1999.

Assignments:

1.

WebBoard Discussion Topic: Ethics Case Analysis

2. Continue Experiment assignment ( lasts Feb 11- March 13)

3.

Begin your internship or research project, if you have not previously done so.

Part 2—Social Issues Caused by the Rise of Computer Technology

Now, in the second part of the course begins our discussion of the many topics and issues related to the introduction of computers into society.  Each week for the rest of the semester we will take up a different issue.  There is not always a clear boundary between issues and often our discussion during one week will run over into another week or relate to several other issues that we’ll discuss this semester.  Throughout this discussion you are expected and encouraged to continually try to apply the ethical theories that we have studied to each issue.  Who are the stakeholders and what are the stakes?  Always keep in mind the question: How does this relate to me and what will be my role as a computer professional?  As you read the articles for each week,

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