Computing Science Course Outlines

Course Outline - CMPT 320 - Social Implications - Computerized Society

Information

Subject

Catalog Number

Section

Semester

Title

Instructor(s)

Campus

CMPT

320

D100

2010 Summer (1104)

Social Implications - Computerized Society

Brian Fraser    Steve Pearce   

Burnaby Mountain Campus

Calendar Objective/Description

An examination of social processes that are being automated and implications for good and evil, that may be entailed in the automation of procedures by which goods and services are allocated. Examination of what are dehumanizing and humanizing parts of systems and how systems can be designed to have a humanizing effect.

Instructor's Objectives

This course introduces novice computing scientists to their roles as "moral philosophers" in today's so-called Promethean setting. This is not an ethics course, but rather a course in theory and moral ramifications of computing science.

Prerequisites

A CMPT course and 45 units. Breadth-Science.

Topics

  • Introduction to Social Science and Techological Theory
  • Privacy
  • Information Warfare
  • Modeling and Social Policy
  • Reliability
  • AI

Grading

Tutorials - CANCELLED Term Project - CANCELLED Research paragraphs and classroom activities - 20% Midterm - 30% Final Examination - 50%

Required Books

  • CMPT 320 Course Pack, Compiled by Steven Pearce, SFU Bookstore

Academic Honesty Statement

Academic honesty plays a key role in our efforts to maintain a high standard of academic excellence and integrity. Students are advised that ALL acts of intellectual dishonesty will be handled in accordance with the SFU Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies ( http://www.sfu.ca/policies/Students/index.html ). Students are also encouraged to read the School's policy information page ( http://www.cs.sfu.ca/undergrad/Policies/ ).

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