The role of social and ethical studies of IT in the university curriculum

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second International Workshop for Foundations of Information Ethics (FINE2001)
    EditorsM. Ochi, M. Tsuboi, Y. Goto
    Place of PublicationHiroshima, Japan
    PublisherHiroshima University
    Pages171-180
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    Event2nd International Workshop for Foundations of Information Ethics, FINE 2001 - Hiroshima, Japan
    Duration: 27 Feb 200127 Feb 2001
    Conference number: 2

    Workshop

    Workshop2nd International Workshop for Foundations of Information Ethics, FINE 2001
    Abbreviated titleFINE
    CountryJapan
    CityHiroshima
    Period27/02/0127/02/01

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    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.