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Technology and Ethics

Course Summary

The meteoric rise of technologies used in our everyday life for profit, power, or improvement of an individual's life can, on occasion, cause cultural stress as well as ethical challenges. In this course, we will explore how these multifaceted impacts might be understood, controlled and mitigated.

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    Course Syllabus

    Week One: Introduction to Technology, Ethics, and CultureWeek Two: Expressing Your EthicWeek Three: Technology Impact AssessmentWeek Four: Social Impact AssessmentWeek Five: Technology Diffusion and Transfer
    Week Six: Controlling Technology Diffusion and TransferWeek Seven: Course Reflection

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    Recommended Background

    No background is required, all are welcome.

    Successful students will approach this course with an open mind, a respect for all cultures, and an interest in how technology impacts and challenges our lives.

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    Course Format

    The class will consist of brief lecture videos.  There will 2 small peer review writing projects along with 4 quizzes throughout the course.

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    Suggested Reading

    Professor Bailey will share online resources here and there throughout the course.  

    To get you started, here are a few articles

    • The Ethical Implications of Global Climate Change
    • The Islam-Online Crisis: A Battle of Wasatiyya vs. Salafi Ideologies?
    • Hindu Ethics
    • Islamic Law Allows Husbands to Divorce Their Wives on Facebook
    • Good and Evil in Technology as a Question of Christian Values

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Development & Implementations Community

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