Sep 22, 2020
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 .
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.