- "Computer Ethics" -- Deborah Johnson 3rd edition. (Prentice-Hall, 2001)
- "Computers. Ethics & Social Values" -- Deborah G. Johnson and Helen Nissenbaum. (Prentice-Hall)
- "I, Robot" -- Isaac Asimov.
See the Schedule of Assignments page for a complete list of reading requirements and assignments
There will be one large final research paper and presentation
There will be two exams consisting of in class written essays. Sample topics will be provided before each exam. Exam dates can be found on the course schedule.
Make-up exams are only permitted for medical reasons with a written excuse from a physician stating that the student was unable to take the exam on the assigned date for medical reasons.
Your grade will be based on the weighted average of participation, exams, and final project.
The final grade will be weighted as follows:
||2 essays, 3-5 page each (5% each)
|| second exam
|| presentation of major paper
Grades will be assigned on a 90%, 80%,70%,60% scale.
"Pluses" and "minuses" are given out only at our discretion.
Office hours are listed below, along with class schedule.
Office: Founders 164
|Phil. 334-02: Robotic Ethics
||Serra Hall 102
|Phil. 321-01: Social Ethics
||Serra Hall 204
|Phil. 321-02: Social Ethics
||Serra Hall 204
Typically, I will be around campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays after my office hours. If you can't make my posted office hours let me know.
*Note new office, inside Logic Center (Founders 160, Suite B)
Dr. John H. Glick
Office: Serra Hall, Room 133A
Office Hours: Tuesday, 2:30 - 4, Wednesday, 10 - 12, Thursday, 2:30 - 4, and by appointment
Phone: (619) 260-4018
Fax: (619) 260-4293
email: glick at sandiego dot edu
World Wide Web Site
This syllabus, including any last minute changes to it, will be available on the World Wide Web at:
Also, a variety of resources for ethics are available at my site, Ethics Updates. Its address is:
Please consult these regularly.
Attendance and Participation
Attendance and participation are an integral part of the course. Participation is judged on
- students' grasp of the assigned reading material;
- their ability to apply ideas developed in the readings to new situations, including their own experience; and
- their ability to listen to, and respond relevantly to, the comments of other students in the course.
Students are responsible for the material presented in class, and for any assignments announced in class.
All students are expected to come to class having read and thought critically on the assigned reading.
Discussion is paramount in a computer ethics class and is expected of all students.
Students are expected to adhere to the university’s Policy on Academic Integrity.
Salient to this class in particular is that you not present the work of any other as your own
- this includes information found on the web.
If we become aware of any violations of these rules,
we will initiate the actions described in the Policy on Academic Integrity.
We reserve the right to fail any student who falsely presents the work of others as their own.
Lawrence M. Hinman -
University of San Diego