About the Course
When everyone begins pursuing their rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness we are bound to step on each other’s toes. This begs the need for regulations. And this leads to the question as to “what is moral behavior”; and what are
the ethics that emanate from the selected definitions of moral behavior. There is no dearth of defined moral behavior created by religions and their leaders, business persons, politicians, philosophers, and in some cases “the everyday person on the
Example technologies at play today include nuclear energy; biological manipulations for warfare; robots for taking care of the elderly, and enhancing human capability; the use of technology for surveillance; the cultural changing power of the media which
can create unlimited arrays of images real and virtual to support a point of view; and the internet with its world wide connectivity.
We need to look into social/technology assessment, the transfer of the technology as it is placed into practice, and the techniques/processes that are available for control within the legal, political, institutional and attitudinal environment within
which the technology is placed as a way of protecting our rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Week One: Introduction to Technology, Ethics, and Culture
Week Two: Expressing Your Ethic
Week Three: Technology Impact Assessment
Week Four: Social Impact Assessment
Week Five: Technology Diffusion and Transfer
Week Six: Controlling Technology Diffusion and Transfer
Week Seven: Course Reflection
No background is required, all are welcome.
Successful students will approach this course with an open mind, a respect for all cultures, and an interest in how technology impacts and challenges our lives.
Professor Bailey will share online resources here and there throughout the course.
To get you started, here are a few articles
The class will consist of brief lecture videos. There will 2 small peer review writing projects along with 4 quizzes throughout the course.
Will I get a statement of accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a statement signed by the instructor.Other than an Internet connection, what resources will I need for this class? You will only need to obtain required reading materials (note: these will be provided online as well).
What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?
You will learn how to understand possible impacts of technology and ways to control them in your society and around the world.Course logo credits: CmdrCord (CC). Stuck In Customs ( CC ).