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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

CTA 194H - Ethics and the Information Age - Honors

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
This is an honors course.

This course meets the Arts & Humanities General Education Requirement. This course meets the Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues General Education Requirement.

Learn ethics and moral philosophy as a means for providing a framework for ethically grounded decision making in the information age.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for Honors Courses and ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .

Crosslisted: Also offered as CTA 194  and PHL 194H ; credit is not given for both CTA 194H and CTA 194  or both CTA 194H and PHL 194H .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain concepts and theories behind moral reasoning and ethical judgment.
    • Provide examples of subjective and cultural relativism.
    • Distinguish between reflective vs. conventional morality.
    • Distinguish between applied and theoretical normative ethics.
    • Explain the main theoretical frameworks and their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Develop a model for applying ethical principles.
  • Apply the ethical aspects to issues in networking and network security.
    • Define terms pertaining to networks and network security.
    • Enumerate threats related to breaches in network security.
    • Identify methods of countering the threats to security.
    • Distinguish between technology dependent and technology-assisted threats.
    • Explore the ethical aspects of cases involving network security.
    • Examine professional standards that apply to network security
  • Analyze issues involving privacy and personal autonomy.
    • Distinguish between private and public domains.
    • Relate personal privacy to anonymity, accountability, and autonomy.
    • Explore threats to personal privacy arising from information technology.
    • Describe the laws regulating the collection and use of private information.
    • Examine ways of addressing privacy concerns.
    • Explore the ethical aspects of cases involving potential breaches of privacy.
    • Examine professional standards that apply to privacy issues.
  • Extrapolate the concept of intellectual property to cyberspace.
    • Explain theories regarding the meaning and justification of property ownership rights.
    • Define intellectual property, copyrights and patents.
    • Explain the rationale for laws governing intellectual property.
    • Identify challenges to the concept of intellectual property in the information age.
    • Discuss cases involving disputes over intellectual property rights.
    • Examine professional standards that apply to intellectual property.
  • Appraise implications of the information age on community, social justice, and the public interest.
    • Articulate conceptions of social justice.
    • Explore the differences between virtual and traditional communities.
    • Identify the impacts of information technology on traditional social justice issues.
    • Explore emerging social issues resulting from the proliferation of virtual communities.
    • Examine the impacts of virtual realities on self-identity.
  • Evaluate existing codes of professional conduct.
    • Describe existing professional codes of ethics.
    • Identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of each professional code of ethics.
Core Competencies