CSC 208 Ethics in Technology

Evelyn Lulis

Office: CDM 848
Fall 2023-2024
Class number: 12686
Section number: 420
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus
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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 these changes is 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 changes in an ethical manner. Students will employ a framework for ethical analysis, which integrates computer science and ethics, to develop the skills required to examine different sets of assumptions and question them, resulting in an informed evaluation of issues.



1. You must have the required text. There are two editions of this text (2014 & 2023). Either text is acceptable, but the organizations differ.

Birsch, Douglas. (2023) Introduction to Ethical Theories, A Procedural Approach. IL:Waveland Press, Inc. ISBN 10: 1-4786-4938-0; ISBN 13: 978-1-4786-4938-0

2. Original Texts

Original texts of relevant philosophers will be provided.


1. You need not purchase this text, but it will be used as a supplemental source of material.

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




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

Additional Information

This section is online async; class attendance is not required.

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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.

Online Course Evaluations

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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
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