CS391 Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science



For many in the advanced field of computer science, the 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. Clearly, there seems to be a need to pause and confront the social, legal, and ethical issues presented to us by the problems and advances in computer science if we are to be socially responsible producers and consumers of this technology.

Be informed. . . Read the Syllabus!


This course will be delivered via Canvas, which allows students to read project objectives, introductions, scoring criteria, instructions, tutorials, and submit work to be scored. It also provides a forum for the Discussion of Readings. In addition, Bb allows you to email me for help.

Read the Email Etiquette page to learn best practices for communicating with the instructor.

Technical Assistance

If you experience computer difficulties, need help downloading a browser or plug-in, assistance logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, contact the OSU Help Desk for assistance. You can call (541) 737-3474, email osuhelpdesk@oregonstate.edu or visit the OSU Computer Helpdesk online.

Getting Started

  1. Start by reading the Syllabus. Every detail is important so read it twice.
  2. Purchase your textbook right away; you'll need it for the weekly discussions and to learn material for the quizzes.
    • Choose between a hard copy and electronic copy.
  3. Instead of a midterm and final, you'll be writing a paper related to Computer Science in your chosen field of study. Read the instructions now, to get started with research.
  4. Need to ask a question? Write me from the Canvas Inbox. I will answer within 24 hours.

Have a great term!

Ms Van Londen