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Social Issues in Computing (Computer Ethics) Online

NOTE: Because the National CTC is an NSF ATE center grant, access to the complete curriculum is limited to educators of North American secondary and post-secondary institutions.
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Description: An exploration of the effects of technology in modern society, with emphasis on the role of engineering and technical professionals.

Course Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will:
* Be aware of the social implications of computing;
* Have a working knowledge of basic computer-related law;
* Understand the need for computer ethics;
* Have communicated effectively orally about a topic related to social and ethical issues in computing;
* Have communicated effectively in writing about a topic related to social and ethical issues in computing.

Text Book: Computer Ethics, 4th Edition, by Deborah G. Johnson, Pearson/Prentice Hall, ISBN: 978-0-13-111241-4

Module 1: Introduction to Sociotechnical Computer Ethics
Module 2: Ethics and Information Technology
Module 3: Ethics in IT-configured Societies
Module 4: Information Flow, Privacy, and Surveillance
Module 5: Digital Intellectual Property
Module 6: Digital Order
Module 7: Professional Ethics in Computing
Module 8: Ethical Issue Report and Presentation

Please remember this curriculum is copyrighted material and is intended for public education use only.

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