CS 0590 SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY

Description

This course is intended to expose students to issues regarding the social and ethical implications of technology. In recent years, many computer professionals have become increasingly aware of the societal impacts of the increased use of computer technology in everyday life. While technology promises many benefits to our society and economy, there are also well founded concerns that serious problems may arise. This course is intended to introduce students to the main issues surrounding the computerization of society, and to help students understand the development, application, and consequences of information technology as social as well as technical processes. Topics include computerization and the quality of work life, unemployment, personal privacy and freedom of information, ownership and rights to software, and the manageability, risks and accountability of complex systems. The course seeks to foster in students a critical approach to the understanding of the impact of technology in society via the academic skills of reading, writing and argumentation. The course is designed to meet the program WRIT requirement for CS majors.

  • Credits: 3
  • Frequency: At least once a year

Prerequisites

Requirements and Grading

Several short writing assignments (5-6) pages including written critiques of the written work of others, and one longer paper (10-12 pages). Class participation will count for 25% of the grade, short writing assignments 50% and one term paper 25%.

Current Sections

Summer 2017

Class Number Days Hours Room Instructor TA/Grader Dept/Limit Type Session Writing
19769(WRIT) MW 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm SENSQ 5129 D. Bonidie
D. Das
CS/22 LEC 12WK

Future Sections

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Fall 2017

Class Number Days Hours Room Instructor TA/Grader Dept/Limit Type Session Writing
23494(WRIT-A) MW 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm SENSQ 5313 P. Quirin
CS/30 LEC TERM
27398(WRIT-B) TH 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm CL 249 P. Quirin
CS/34 LEC TERM

Past Sections

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Spring 2017

Class Number Days Hours Room Instructor TA/Grader Dept/Limit Type Session Writing
24223(A) TH 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm SENSQ 5313 D. Bonidie
CS/22 LEC TERM
29987(B) MW 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm CL G13 P. Quirin
CS/22 LEC TERM

Fall 2016

Class Number Days Hours Room Instructor TA/Grader Dept/Limit Type Session Writing
24048(WRIT-A) MW 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm SENSQ 5313 P. Quirin
CS/22 LEC TERM
29055(WRIT-B) TH 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm LAWRN 207 P. Quirin
CS/22 LEC TERM

Summer 2016

Class Number Days Hours Room Instructor TA/Grader Dept/Limit Type Session Writing
20282(WRIT) MW 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm SENSQ 5129 D. Bonidie
T. Afrin
CS/22 LEC 12WK