PHIL 375 Ethical Issues in Information Technology • 5 Cr.
Investigates ethical problems relating to information technology through ethical theory and case studies. Involves in-depth and original research and discussion of ethical issues including privacy, control of information and intellectual property rights. Designed for students in four-year Information Technology degree programs at Bellevue College. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of the instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Explain and evaluate ethical principles and the philosophical arguments that bear on them.
- Apply ethical principles to a broad range of issues in information technology including intellectual property rights, privacy, freedom of expression and information security.
- Recognize and develop strategies for dealing with varying cultural perspectives on IT related ethical issues.
- Apply ethical principles in detailed case studies.
- Evaluate arguments for and against proposed solutions to ethical dilemmas in information technology.