Time and Place: T/Th 9:30--10:45, 111 ChemFizz
Dr. J. Goldsmith
Office: 311 Davis Marksbury Building
Office Hours: TBA or by appointment. Email questions encouraged and answered.
The topics covered in this course will be:
Prereqs: Ability to read and write English, and to think and write analytically.
Readings: There will be weekly readings, usually one story and one or two articles, including both informational readings and current interest pieces. All readings will be available through the Canvas site.
There will be:
The midterm project will be completed/submitted by March 6th; a project proposal is due on January 23nd. The final project is due by Tuesday, May 1st by 10 AM, although any in-class presentations must be scheduled during a class period. The final project proposal is due by April 3rd.
Essays will be due on Thursdays at the beginning of class. You are expected to be on time for class. You will bring a printed hardcopy of your essay to class and are encouraged to write on it as your thoughts develop through in-class discussion. You will submit the essays, with new thoughts, at the end of class. It is expected that you will write on them; your grade depends both on the printed version and on your observations, notes, and revisions.
Regular attendance in class is expected.
Copying of homework from other students or from other sources is strictly prohibited. Obtaining a solution from another source without citing the source is plagiarism. You are encouraged to visit Dr. Goldsmith in her office hours or to send her email if you are stuck on assignments. You do not need an appointment for regularly scheduled hours.
Note that readings in italics in the syllabus are or will be available in Canvas.
Week by Week Course Outline:
|Jan. 11||Intro to course|
|Jan. 16--18||Intro to Ethical Theories; Codes of Ethics||ACM Code; IEEE Code; Chapter II_ Professional Ethics;||Assignment #1|
|Jan. 23||MIDTERM PROPOSAL DUE|
|Jan. 23--25||Lightening overview; Deontology||The Dead Past Intro to Deontology; Dolly||Ethical Description 1|
|Jan. 30--Feb. 1||Utilitarianism||Intro to Utilitarianism, "Repent, Harlequin!", Said the Ticktockman||Ethical Description 2|
|Feb. 5--7||Virtue Ethics||Intro to Virtue Ethics; The Machine Stops||Ethical Description 3|
|Feb. 13--15||Information||Dirty Hands; Codename Delphi|
|Feb. 20--22||Privacy||Here-and-Now; The Sightseers (or as a podcast)|
|Feb. 27--Mar. 1||Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom||excerpt of Automating Inequality, by Eubanks|
|Mar. 6||MIDTERM DUE|
|Mar. 6--8||Class debate, summary/reflection|
|Mar. 12--17||SPRING BREAK!|
|Mar. 20--22||Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom; Personhood||Managing Knowledge; excerpt of Automating Inequality, by Eubanks;||Welcome to your authentic indian experience; Class debate|
|Mar. 27--29||Eldercare||Robot and Frank, Today I am Paul|
|Apr. 3||FINAL PROPOSAL DUE|
|Apr. 3--5||Attention||Black Mirror's The Entire History of You; The Gambler, by Bacigalupi|
|Apr. 10--12||Power and Scarcity||Black Mirror's Waldo Moment, Teleabsence|
|Apr. 17--19||War||Class debate|
|Apr. 24--26||Wrap up|
|May 2||FINAL: TUES., MAY 1st, 10am|
Dear Student: As part of our curriculum improvement process, the Department of Computer Science would like to know how well this course has helped you meet the learning objectives for the course. Please respond to the supplemental questions beginning at 37 on the response sheet as follows:
0=Not Applicable 1=Strongly disagree 2=Disagree 3=Meh 4=Agree 5=Strongly agree
The course has helped me to improve my ability, my understanding, or my knowledge in the following categories:
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