Course CSE312
Title Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues in Information Systems
Credits 3
Course Coordinator

Rob Kelly


This course deals with the impact of computers on us as individuals and on our society. Rapid changes in computing technology and in our use of that technology have changed the ways we work, play, and interact with other people. These changes have created a flood of new social, legal, and ethical issues that demand critical examination. This course is offered as both CSE 312 and ISE 312.

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Prerequisite Prerequisites: CSE, ISE or DAS major; U3 or U4 standing; one D.E.C. E or SNW course

Course Outcomes
  • An ability to analyze the social, legal, ethical, philosophical, and economic issues related to computers and the historical background of these issues.
  • An ability to discuss the benefits offered by computing technology in many different areas and the social risks and problems associated with these technologies
  • An ability to work as a team to research, analyze and present a major legal, social and/or ethical issue pertinent to modern computing technologies.
  • To recognize the need for continuing professional development.

Sara Baase, A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing and the Internet, Pearson, 4th ed., 2012.

Major Topics Covered in Course
  • Privacy
  • Freedom of speech
  • Intellectual property
  • Crime
  • Impact on work environment
  • Evaluating and controlling technology
  • Errors, failures, and risk
  • Professional ethics and responsibilities


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