CSC 208 Ethics in Technology

Paul Sisul

Office: CDM 714
Spring 2020-2021
Class number: 30477
Section number: 602
MW 10:10AM - 11:40AM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


Computing Technology and the rapid pace in which it has advanced have had a tremendous impact on our lives.  Changes have been swift and the human capacity to deal with them limited.  It has been said that our technology has outpaced our humanity. This course will research the new responsibilities technology presents and our ability to deal with these chages in an ethical manner. Students will employ a framework for ethical analysis, which integrates computer science and ethics, to develop the skills required to examing different sets of assumptions and questions them, resulting in an informed evaluation of issues.



1. Birsch, Douglas. (2014) Introduction to Ethical Theories, A       

    Procedural Approach. IL:Waveland Press, Inc. ISBN: 1-4786-0670-3; ISBN: 978-1- 


2. Handouts for original texts.

3. Access to the news. Possible sources: New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall

    Street Journal, CNN, MSN, Time, Newsweek, PC World, or online newsgroups. You

    may find newspapers, journals, and magazines at the library or online.



1. Quinn, M. J. (2020) Ethics for the Information Age, 8th edition. NY:Pearson/Addison Wesley. Print ISBN: 9780135217726, 0135217725;  eText ISBN: 9780135218006,



1. Lunsford, Andrea A. (2016) The St. Martin's Handbook. 8th, NY:Bedford Publishing.

   Note a newer edition will be available soon.

   This text is used in DePaul's required writing classes (WRD 103 and 104) and every    

   student should have a copy. It is also available at DePaul's library.

3. A dictionary and thesaurus, which can be found at the library, or online.


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C+ 77-79
C   73-76
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D+ 67-69
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F     0-59


No previous knowledge of computers or philosophy is assumed, or necessary.

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

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Academic Policies

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