ANU-PAAE8005:Ethics and IT

Subject XNTS70033 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Melbourne Students will normally take this subject on-line

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week or online
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours each week.
Prerequisites: Enrolment in the MA(Professional and Applied Ethics), the Post graduate certificate in Professional Ethics or the Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Ethics or with permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in a 3 year undergraduate degree or equivalent.
Non Allowed Subjects: This subject was previously offered under the code 922-507. Students who have completed 922-507 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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For ANU enrolments please contact the Arts and Music student centre with regards to Cross Insitutional arrangements. Arts & Music Student Centre

Prof. John Weckert and Dr. Richard Lucas

Andrew Alexandra

Subject Overview: Technology is everywhere. In this course we examine the breadth and depth of the influence that technology, broadly conceived, has had on the world we live in. We examine how technology affects and is affected by the normative moral theories that we use. We examine such diverse subjects as social networking, technology and sport in sports mad cultures, forbidden and dangerous technology, technology addiction, autonomous technology, tele-ethics and the distancing problem, nanotechnology, the cost of technology, the (proper) use of technology, the way that technology is portrayed and presented, and finally, the concept of future technology. Technology is replete with challenging ethical issues that must be understood by all serious thinkers. We connect the challenges of thinking professionally about ethics with the ubiquity and pervasiveness of technology in current society.

At the completion of this subject students will demonstrate an understanding of the depth, complexity, and influence of modern technology.

Assessment: Indicative Assessment: 6,000 word essay (75%) and class presentation (25%)
Prescribed Texts: The subject coordinator will advise students of prescribed readings at the start of semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Notes: This course is available for on-campus and off-campus (correspondence) students. On-campus students will meet with the Convener once a week to discuss readings and the conceptual materials gained by the reading materials. Alliance also has forums for discussion of class reading materials, which students will be expected to participate in. This is the best way for off-campus students to interact with the class.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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