Ethics in Information and Technology PG (8740.3)
|Faculty:||Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Discipline:||Academic Program Area - Technology|
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- Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (163148) - View
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New technologies raise numerous ethical issues. Most of the ethical issues themselves are not new, and have been discussed since the time of the ancient Greeks. But new technologies raise these issues in novel ways, and make them much more urgent that they were in the past.One aim of this unit is to show where some of these ethical problems lie. Another is to demonstrate how a framework of ethical theory and argumentation can contribute to developing solutions to these problems. The unit looks at both rigorous argument techniques and theories, and at the contexts in which new technologies raise ethical problems. Topics covered includes technology as it relates to computer technologies, privacy and data protection, intellectual property and the Internet, social interaction in cyberspace, artificial intelligences and cyborgs.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Recognise ethical problems in the context of information technology; and
2. Analyse these ethical problems, evaluate the ethical dimensions of the problems, recommend resolutions to the problems, and generalizes these recommendations to larger classes of ethics problems.
3 hours per week.
Completion of 9 credit points at graduate level.
Significant knowledge of ICT.