Dr. J. Goldsmith
Office: 311 Marksbury Building, Phone: 257-4245
Office Hours: TBA and by appointment. Email questions strongly encouraged and answered.
The topics covered in this course will be:
Prereqs: Ability to read and write English, and to think and write analytically.
Ethics in a Computing Culture by William John Brinkman, Alton F. Sanders
Cengage Publishers, 2012.
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Simon Pulse; Reissue edition (May 3, 2011).
Halting State by Charles Stross
Ace; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008).
There will be:
The midterm project will be completed by March 5th. a project proposal is due on February 3th. The final project is due by DATE, although any in-class presentations must be scheduled during a class period. The final project proposal is due DATE.
Those taking CS 585 003 for graduate credit will not have the lowest essay grade dropped.
Attendance in class and section is very strongly encouraged.
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, AND WILL BE PUNISHED. You are encouraged to visit Dr. Goldsmith in her office hours or to send her email if you are stuck on homework problems. You do not need an appointment for regularly scheduled hours.
Students will learn basic concepts in computer ethics. In particular, the student will be able to:
Random links of possible interest. Feel free to suggest other links.
Week by Week Course Outline:
Stories marked by * will be available on Blackboard; numbers such as 1.3 refer to sections in the Brinkman and Sanders textbook.
Consider this syllabus a first approximation.
|Introduction to ethics|
|Jan. 15||1.3-1.5||Intro to Course/Ethics|
|Jan. 20-22||movie: Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, Video||Mechanization of the work force||First writing assignment|
|Jan. 27--29||Extras; 9.1-9.3||Reputation economy; Privacy|
|Feb. 3||MIDTERM PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE|
|Feb. 3--5||Extras; ??||Amateurism; Error recovery|
|Feb. 10--12||Saxey; 3.1-3.3; The Dead Past by Asimov; 3.7||Plagiarism; Privacy||Second writing assignment|
|Feb. 17--19||Doctorow; 4.3, 4.7; Fiesler||Intellectual property; Remixes||Third writing assignment|
|Feb. 24||Wolvern; 5.1; Watch Dogs; 3.4||Pay to win; Privacy|
|Feb. 26||Rabbi Smolkin on games, violence, women|
|Mar. 3--5||Presentations? Catch up?|
|Mar. 5||MIDTERM PROJECT DUE|
|Mar. 10--12||Liu*; 9.6; Goldsmith*; 8.4-8.5; movie: Robot and Frank||War bots; Care bots|
|Mar. 17--19||SPRING BREAK|
|Mar. 24||FINAL PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE|
|Mar. 24--26||Halting State; 4.2, 5.6, 5.7||Cyberstalking; In-game economies||Fourth writing assignment|
|Mar. 30--April 2||Halting State; 7.?||Terrorism vs. privacy; Identity||Fifth writing assignment|
|April 7--9||Halting State; ??||Crowdsourcing activism; Politics and social media|
|April 14--16||Professional Ethics||Chap. 2||Sixth writing assignment|
|April 21--23||Addictions to technology|
|April 28--30||Semester Retrospective|
|DATE||FINAL PROJECT DUE: TIME|
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