GEMC 203 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Computer and Society
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEMC 203
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course explores the social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and the impact of technology on society as well as how society has shaped, used, and responded to new technologies. With a computer scientist's perspective, and with historical context for many issues, it covers the issues students will face both as members of a technological society and as professionals in computer-related fields. A primary goal is to develop computer professionals who understand the implications of what they create and how it fits into society at large.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Focus on solutions to computer-related problems from technology and from markets, management, and law.
  • Compare risks and problems of computer technology with other technologies and non-computerized alternatives.
  • Learn historical background on many technological issues.
  • Analyze ethical issues facing today's computer professionals.
  • Discuss how computers change established institutions and conventions.
Course Content

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Changes and Developments in Technology Baase Chapter 1
2 Privacy and New Technology Baase Chapter 2
3 Freedom of Speech and Regulating Communications Media Baase Chapter 3
4 Intellectual Property and Copyright Infringement Baase Chapter 4
5 Free Software. Patents for Inventions in Software Baase Chapter 4
6 What is Hacking? Stealing Identities. Biometrics. Baase Chapter 5
7 When Digital Actions Cross Borders. Commercial Law Baase Chapter 5
8 Midterm
9 Telecommuting. Employee Communication and Monitoring Baase Chapter 6
10 Neo-Luddite Views of Computers, Technology, and Quality of Life Baase Chapter 7
11 Intelligent Machines and Superintelligent Humans. End of the Human Race? Baase Chapter 7
12 Failures and Errors in Computer Systems. Trust the Human or the Computer? Baase Chapter 8
13 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities Baase Chapter 9
14 Review of the Semester
15 Review of the Semester
16 Review of the Semester

 

Course Textbooks
A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology, 4/E, Sarah Baase, Prentice Hall, 2013, ISBN-10: 0132492679, ISBN-13: 9780132492676
References

Lecture Powerpoints and Testbank available at the publisher’s website will be provided.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
6
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
14
6
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
4
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
12
Final / Oral Exam
1
13
    Total
165

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline.
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process.
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice.
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication.
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies.
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public.
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution.
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals.
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest