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Ethics in Information and Technology PG (8740.3)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
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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    Syllabus

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    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.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Completion of 9 credit points at graduate level.

    Corequisites

    None.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Significant knowledge of ICT.

    Equivalent Units

    None.


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