IS 511 Social Issues of Computing

James Nowotarski

Office: CDM 434
Summer 10 week 2019-2020
Class number: 40069
Section number: 201
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
ONLIN E0000 Online Campus
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[From the catalog]
This course aims to provide a broad survey of the individual, organizational, and cultural impacts of computers and to stimulate reflection upon the social and ethical issues provoked by current and projected uses of computers. Some topics include an in-depth look at computers as they relate to workplaces, communities, public policy, legal issues, education, privacy, and moral values.

This instance of the course will also explore the impact of digital technology on the COVID-19 pandemic, and vice versa.  



The text is a collection of articles, all of which I have confirmed are freely accessible via the DePaul library and/or the internet. I will provide instructions and links to the text's articles, and to other readings that will supplement the text.

Mittleman, D., & Druckenmiller, D. (eds.). (2019). Annual editions: Technologies, social media, and society (23rd ed.). New York: McGraw Hill Education.
ISBN (Print): 9781260180282 link

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