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.
  • Collste, G. (1998). Ethics and information technology. Dehli: New Academic Publishers.
  • Langford, D. (1995). Practical computer ethics. London McGraw-Hill.
  • Stichler, R. N. & Hauptman, R. (1998). Ethics, information and technology. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland.
  • A collection of articles from the area of IT and ethics as well as from the area of moral development.
Examination Active participation in seminars and an individual presentation