CSE/ISE 312 - Spring 2017

Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues in Information Systems course


Course Description

This course deals with the impact of computers on us as individuals and on our society. Rapid changes in computing technology and in our use of that technology have changed the way we work, play, and interact with other people. These changes have created a flood of new social and legal issues that demand critical examination. For example, technologies such as Gmail, Facebook, MySpace, along with music sharing sites and wikis create new social, ethical, and legal issues. This course is offered as both CSE 312 and ISE 312. (https://www.cs.stonybrook.edu/students/Undergraduate-Studies/courses/CSE312)


Instructor: Dr. Paul Fodor
214 New Computer Science Department, Stony Brook University
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30PM-7:00PM
Phone: 1 (631) 632-9820
Email: paul.fodor@stonybrook.edu
Teaching Assistants Office HoursĀ (all TA office hours are held in Computer Science building room 2203): tbd

Class Time and Place

  • Lectures: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:20PM, Javits 111.

Lecture Notes and Reading Assignments

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change. The homework assignments and labs are posted on Blackboard: http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu
Week Date Lecture Topics/Notes Readings
1 Tu. 1/24 Administrative information: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Information Technology ABET
Th. 1/26 Unwrapping the Gift: Overview and Background Read texbook ch. 1
2 Tu. 1/31 Unwrapping the Gift: Overview and Background (cont.) Read texbook ch. 2
Th. 2/2 Unwrapping the Gift: Overview and Background (cont.) Read texbook ch. 2
3 Tu. 2/7 Privacy n/a
Th. 2/9 Privacy (cont.) n/a
4 Tu. 2/14 Privacy (cont.) n/a
Th. 2/16 Privacy (cont.) n/a
5 Tu. 2/21 Freedom of Speech Read texbook ch. 3
Th. 2/23 Freedom of Speech (cont.) n/a
6 Tu. 2/28 Intellectual Property Read texbook ch. 4
Th. 3/2 Intellectual Property (cont.) n/a
7 Tu. 3/7 Intellectual Property (cont.) n/a
Tu. 3/9 Intellectual Property (cont.) n/a
8 Th. 3/13-19 Spring Recess See Stony Brook Calendars here: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/registrar/calendars/academic_calendars.html
9 Tu. 3/21 Midterm Review See Blackboard here:http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu
Th. 3/23 Midterm exam n/a
10 Tu. 3/28 Crime: Hacking, Identity Theft and Global Legal Structure Read texbook ch. 5
Th. 3/30 Crime: Hacking, Identity Theft and Global Legal Structure (cont.) n/a
11 Tu. 4/4 Crime: Hacking, Identity Theft and Global Legal Structure (cont.) n/a
Th. 4/6 Work Read texbook ch. 6
12 Tu. 4/11 Work (cont.) n/a
Th. 4/13 Evaluating and Controlling Technology Read texbook ch. 7
13 Tu. 4/18 Evaluating and Controlling Technology (cont.) n/a
Th. 4/20 Errors, Failures, and Risks Read texbook ch. 8
14 Tu. 4/25 Errors, Failures, and Risks (cont.) n/a
Th. 4/27 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities Read texbook ch. 9
15 Tu. 5/2 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities (cont.) n/a
Th. 5/4 Final Review See Blackboard here:http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu
Final Monday 5/15, 2:15PM FINAL EXAM: 2:15pm-4:15pm, (2 hours final exam), in classroom See Final Exams University Schedule here: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/registrar/registration/exams.html

Disability Support Services (DSS) Statement:

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities

Academic Integrity Statement:

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/academic_integrity/index.html

Critical Incident Management Statement:

Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.

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