Minor in Law, Justice and Society - Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computer Science PHIL 2490   Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computer Science
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Computers can enable people to do things that our present laws and policies were not formulated to cover (hacking, sharing files on the internet, and companies sharing data). In such cases, people need to be able to decide for themselves the best course of action, and defend such decisions. This course aims at developing the ethical reasoning skills and sensitivities that computer professionals will need to make good decisions and to justify them. The course includes a general introduction to ethical theories and their use in making and justifying decisions. We then consider various issues and case studies, illustrating the kinds of problems that can arise from the use and misuse of computers and technology: the responsibilities of computing professionals; ethics on the internet (hacking, computer crime, netiquette); privacy and information; intellectual property; social and political issues (digital divide, computers and work, the internet as a democratic technology).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: No previous knowledge of computing or of philosophy is assumed. Some familiarity with computers is an advantage.
CROSS-LISTING: CSCI 3101.03
EXCLUSIONS: COMP 3090.03