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INFO-C 203 Social Informatics

3 credits

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Delivery: Online
  • This course introduces ethical, privacy, and legal issues in informatics as well as social research perspectives and literature on the use of information and communication technologies. Topics include intellectual property, legal issues, societal laws, ethical use of information, information privacy laws, personal codes of ethics, principles for resolving ethical conflicts, and popular and controversial uses of technology. This course also outlines research methodologies for social informatics.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Articulate legal and ethical issues when using the creative work of others, respecting the intellectual property of others.
    2. Demonstrate awareness of societal laws and the ethical use of information (e.g., pre-tests and post-tests, use of scenarios and cases to show the applications of ethical principles).
    3. Demonstrate understanding of information privacy laws.
    4. Create a personal code of ethics and articulate principles for resolving ethical conflicts.
    5. Demonstrate applications of ethical principles in research (e.g., IRB, human subject studies, animal studies, maintaining anonymity and proper data handling).