-- Computer Ethics
(last updated 3/8/2006)
3/8/2006. Specifications for your Term Paper
may be found here.
2/16/2006. Clarification on weekly Eureka
Forum posting requirements. Each week, you must make at least one
(1) substantive contribution
either in the form of a reply to a previous post or the initiation of a
new discussion. A substantive contribution involves your own
thinking that clearly reveals contact with either the ethical theories
or issues encountered in the readings or the class discussions.
You are welcome to post more than one contribution. Current
events that do not get discussed in class on Fridays could make
excellent post candidates. The week begins and ends at the start
of class on Friday.
1/11/2006. Here is a link to
some details and guidelines on what to bring for Current-event Fridays.
Office hours: see my main page
Time and place: MWF, 11:30-12:35; Voskuyl Library 108
Johnson, Deborah. (2001). Computer Ethics
edition). Prentice Hall. ISBN 0130836990.[required]
Spinello, Richard & Tavani, Herman. (2004). Readings in Cyberethics
edition). Jones & Bartlett. ISBN 0763724106.[required]
Harvey, Michael. (2003). The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
Hackett Publishing. ISBN 0872205738. [recommended]
Is it ok to download that mp3 you want? Is it good for you to
play that first-person shooter game? Is it right to work for
Microsoft after you graduate? How would you go about answering
these (and many other) questions? If we dissected your
decision-making process, we would encounter convictions and values that
would shape your behavior. Most likely, most of the process would
This course aims to make your decision-making process more
self-reflective. We will introduce some of the ethical theories
that have been developed by philosophers. Armed with this
understanding, we will look at the many issues and problems that arise
from technology and especially computers. We will wrestle with a
number of issues such as intellectual property, privacy, security,
free-speech and regulation, to name only a few. As we address
these problems, we will consider what the various ethical theories have
to say about them.
Ultimately, we will use the juxtaposition of ethical theories and their
implications for issues as a backdrop to explore how Christians should
behave in these particular situations. We hope to improve our
skills at determining the good or the right in any given situation.
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