Courses

CS 195. Social Implications of Computers

Current Schedule (Fall 2014)

Description

Catalog Description: (2 units) Topics include electronic community; the changing nature of work; technological risks; the information economy; intellectual property; privacy; artificial intelligence and the sense of self; pornography and censorship; professional ethics. Students will lead discussions on some of these topics.

Prerequisites: Major in EECS or CS or consent of instructor

Course objectives: To make students aware of social issues concerning computer technology, to provide them with information that will help them think about these issues constructively, and to help prepare them to deal with issues of ethics and values that they will be likely to encounter in their own professional work.

Topics covered:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy
  • Ethics
  • Computers and War
  • Sense of Self
  • Community
  • Computers and Education
  • Risks of Software Malfunction
  • The Nature of Work
  • Pornography and Censorship
  • Cracking systems
  • Professional Ethics

General Catalog

Undergraduate Student Learning Goals