In this paper, I will assess the role of education regarding the social and ethical aspects of information technology in the university curriculum. I will begin in section 1 by outlining a field of study which I call social and humanistic studies of computing (SHC) and contrast this with applied studies of societal aspects of computing (ASC). In section 2, I will argue for the importance of both SHC and ASC in university curricula and relate their roles to academic and professional functions of university education. In section 3, I will describe how courses in SHC and ASC may be taught in practice, illustrating this with a description of the minor ICT and Society which I have helped to develop at my university, and with a description of a course in Computers and Society. In section 4, I will assess the relation of computer ethics to SHC and ASC, and its role in the university curriculum. I will outline educational goals for computer ethics education and provide a brief description of a course in computer ethics that meets these goals. In the concluding section, finally, I will briefly consider how my remarks on social and ethical studies of computing would translate to a different area: that of secondary education.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Second International Workshop for Foundations of Information Ethics (FINE2001)|
|Editors||M. Ochi, M. Tsuboi, Y. Goto|
|Place of Publication||Hiroshima, Japan|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
|Event||2nd International Workshop for Foundations of Information Ethics, FINE 2001 - Hiroshima, Japan|
Duration: 27 Feb 2001 → 27 Feb 2001
Conference number: 2
|Workshop||2nd International Workshop for Foundations of Information Ethics, FINE 2001|
|Period||27/02/01 → 27/02/01|
Brey, P. A. E. (2001). The role of social and ethical studies of IT in the university curriculum. In M. Ochi, M. Tsuboi, & Y. Goto (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second International Workshop for Foundations of Information Ethics (FINE2001) (pp. 171-180). Hiroshima, Japan: Hiroshima University.