HMI754. IT and Ethics, 5p
|Instructor||Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, invited speakers.|
Basic knowledge in Human-Computer Interaction, cognitive and developmental psychology is desirable.
|Content||Ethical issues are very important in our changing, open and
global world. Information technology, which is the motor and channel of
this new fast moving world, develops and changes more rapidly itself. The
IT world of today implies a series of new unanticipated ethical challenges
and, given the high pace IT changes itself and the world, it is impossible
to foresee important ethical problems and conflicts, and therefore it is
very difficult to handle ethical issues. Under such conditions it is necessary
for designers and users of Information Technology to acquire high ethical
competence and confidence in handling all the possible ethical problems
that may arise in their real life professional activities.
Information Technology users and designers need (1) high ethical awareness, (2) adaptive ethical problem-solving and decision-making abilities at individual, group and organisational level, (3) effective ethical argumentation and communication skills, and (4) confidence in handling
controversial issues. In order for course participants to acquire the competence to cope effectively with difficult ethical problems in the design and use of IT the educational programme will focus on real life professional issues.
|Examination||Active participation in seminars and an individual presentation|