ANU-PAAE8005:Ethics and IT

Subject 922-507 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: enrolment in the MA(PAE) or with the permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr John Weckert
Subject Overview:

The new computer and information technologies raise numerous ethical issues. The ethical issues themselves are not new, and in many cases have been discussed in a formal and rigorous way at least since the time of the ancient Greeks. But new technologies raise these issues in novel ways, and in some cases make them much more urgent that they were in the past. One aim of this subject is to show where some of these ethical problems lie. The other, and perhaps the more important aim, is to demonstrate how philosophical theory and argumentation can contribute to developing solutions to these problems. As a consequence, the unit looks at both philosophical arguments and theories and at the particular contexts in which new computer and information technologies raise ethical problems. Topics covered include the philosophy of technology as it relates to computer technologies, privacy and data protection, intellectual property and the Internet, social interaction in cyberspace, artificial intelligences and cyborgs.

Assessment: A 6000 word essay 80% and class presentation 20%.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics

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