CISC 497/3.0 Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in ComputingOriginal Author: Robin Dawes
Last Revised: March 14, 2015
A wide range of topics of current importance in computing, including technical issues, professional questions, and moral and ethical decisions. Students make presentations, deliver paper, and engage in discussion.
Prerequisites: Level 4 and registered in a COMP Major or BMCO or COCA or COGS or COMA or CSCI or SODE Specialization Plan and (CISC 365/3.0 or COGS 300/3.0) and an overall GPA of 1.90 and GPA of 2.6 from 30 CISC units.
IT professionals have opportunities to design, implement, distribute, abuse and avoid policies and tools that affect the daily lives of millions of people. This course offers students an opportunity to explore some of the social, ethical, and legal issues that they will face.
This course is required in the MAJ, CSCI, SODE, COGS, and BMCO programs.
In the first half of the course, students work in small research teams to prepare and deliver in-class presentations on topics related to the course material. Each week focuses on one of the following subjects:
In addition, each week includes approximately 90 minutes of discussion of the issues raised during the presentations.
In the second half of the course, students give individual presentations on research topics relevant to the course. These are often related to the CISC/COGS-499/3.0 or CISC-498/6.0 projects the students have selected, but this is not a requirement.
A Canadian Writer's Reference, Hacker, 3rd Edition, Bedford/St. Martin's (2004), is used as a reference for the preparation of written work.