Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (471) BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA
097677 - COMPUTER ETHICS
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (481) COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA
097677 - COMPUTER ETHICS
099451 - COMPUTER ETHICS FOR ENG4SD
This course deals with the application of ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by computer technology. It is intended to give students a chance to reflect on the ethical, social, and cultural impact of computer technology by focusing on the issues faced by and brought about by computing professionals.
The course includes lectures by the instructor and invited lecturers; class participation will be expected, and students should apply what they learn through readings and lectures by looking at current events through an ethical lens.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Acquire a broad perspective on the ethical and social impacts and implications of information technologies;
Be acquainted with normative ethics and normative argumentation;
Learn how to recognize and analyze ethical and social aspects and issues inherent in technology;
Be able to understand how technical problems are inherently connected to a social dimension within a socio-technical perspective.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Be able to use critical skills in clarifying and ethically analyzing cases-studies involving information technology;
Be able to apply ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by computer technology;
Be able to explore and assess possibilities for solving or diminishing existing and emerging ethical and social problems that attach information technology.
Students will be able:
To autonomously analyze the ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by computer technology;
To evaluate and select the appropriate knowledge in the effort of elaborating and justifying a philosophical argument on a topic autonomously selected.
Students will learn to:
Exercise and improve their skills in critical writing;
Present in an effective way the results of their independent research, being able to justify their choices.
Lifelong learning skills
Be better prepared to their future professional life in an ethically and socially responsible way;
Be able to analyze problems through an ethical lens.
The course will cover different topics both from a theoretical and a more practical point of view. We will start with a broad analysis of the concept of responsibility, in particular in an engineering perspective, and of normative ethics and its tools. We will introduce codes of conduct with a detailed discussion about the ACM and IEEE Codes. We will discuss ethical questions in the design of technology with a focus on Design Ethics and its Social Ethics paradigm. Then ethics in IT-configured societies will be discussed and technology as the instrumentation of human action will be presented. Within this context we will focus: on information flow, privacy, and surveillance, on digital intellectual property and on digital order.
Students will be supervised in the development of the final project (either written paper or class presentation) in order to meet the standards required by scientific publications.
Grading will be on the following basis: 50% final project (either written paper or oral presentation); 50% written test on the course topics.
Type of assessment
(written paper or class presentation)
Students are required to:
Develop a philosophical argument in which the presented claims are justified by the use of ethical argumentation and the relevant literature;
To present this argument either in a scientific paper or in an oral presentation in class in front of the instructor and their student colleagues.
Questions on the course topics that require to have carefully studied the suggested bibliography and the ability to apply it to case-studies;
Questions on the ethical issues associated to information technologies that require to have studied the suggested bibliography and to have developed critical skills in analyzing technical problems with the tools provided by ethical theories and argumentation.
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I. van de Poel, L. Royakkers, Ethics, technology and engineering: An introduction, Editore: Wiley-Blackwell, Anno edizione: 2011
Deborah Johnson, Computer Ethics, Editore: Pearson, Anno edizione: 2009
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Ore di studio autonome
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