Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science ~ CS 391 Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science ~ CS 391

Oregon State University College of Engineering

Welcome to Ethics class Updated August 31, 2017


For people working in the advanced field of Computer Science, technological progress seems painfully slow. And yet, there are many who argue that the forces of technology are already too strong and changing the face of the earth too fast for society to cope. Given this polarity of thinking, your education demands a pause to confront the social, legal, and ethical issues presented to us by the problems and advances in the field, if we are to be socially responsible producers and consumers of technologies.

This course will address the issues in a variety of research, writing, and collaboration projects which meet BACC Science, Technology and Society (STS) synthesis requirements as well as prepare you for future decision-making in the workplace.

Why We Must Teach Ethics Along With Programming
By Joshua Rivera, FastCompany, 2014.


๐Ÿ”‘ Be prepared to spend 1+ hours per day searching, reading, synthesizing, interacting with librarians, reviewing classmates' work, and asking me questions (for a weekly total of 7 to 9 hours).

Canvas Inbox iconAnnouncements are important. Please read them by clicking on them at the top of the Canvas Home page for this course. They will also show up in your OSU Google email app.

๐Ÿ”˜ Modules contain required readings, instructions, templates, discussions, and scoring criteria. Start with the first item in each module and click the Next buttons to read all items before starting on an essay project. Each module can be opened and closed as needed to hide older projects. Some weeks will have multiple items due, so start no later than Monday of each week.

๐Ÿ“Œ Templates are accessible via the OSU Google Account. You'll learn to use them in the first module. Read all green instructions on page 2 and below each page of the templates to understand expectations.

๐Ÿ”ฐ Research of the search terms provided in the green instructions under each page in the Templates are  provided to help you learn new concepts. Get help with research when you can't find enough information about those concepts.

โœ Writing requirements ensure you demonstrate scholarly work. Print this page for easy reference. 

Canvas grades comment icon Grading Comments will be noted in the TurnItIn screen as well as the Canvas Grades area. Use the 0% icon to get to the TurnItIn screen after Template submissions have been scored. Use the Chat icon to see the instructor's notes and ask grading questions.

Canvas Inbox icon Inbox message me when you need help. (If you write me directly, then the message will look like spam and may get ignored; use Canvas Inbox to ensure your message is noticed.) I check for your questions every few hours. :-) I want to help you, so don't be shy.

OK! Let's do this! 

( อก° อœส– อก°) M. Van Londen