Social and Ethical Implications of Digitalization - M.Sc.



General information




  • Module: Social and Ethical Implications of Digitalization
  • Module number lecture: M.WIWI-WIN.0023
  • UniVZ: 801481
  • Credits: 6 ECTS
  • Cycle: single
  • Language: English
  • Examination: written examination (100%)
  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Robert Wayne Gregory
  • Contact: Henrik Lechte



Summer semester 2021



The course has already started, joining the course is no longer possible.


The examination format will no longer be a “download exam” on May 20, 2021. Instead, Prof. Gregory will provide the topic and task and you have to submit a written elaboration/essay. Further details are discussed during the course.


Please check this website regularly for updates.

Due to the current situation, the course will be taught online, likely via Zoom. The lectures are not recorded, therefore please only register if you can attend the lectures.

Please note: The number of course participants is limited. Therefore, prior registration is required.

The following lectures (online) are planned:
  • 10.05.2021, 14:00-18:30
  • 11.05.2021, 14:00-18:30
  • 12.05.2021, 14:00-18:30
  • 18.05.2021, 14:00-18:30

  • Exam: The examination format will no longer be a “download exam” on May 20, 2021. Instead, Prof. Gregory will provide the topic and task and you have to submit a written elaboration/essay. Further details are discussed during the course.

    Registration

    The course has already started, joining the course is no longer possible.

    Examination


    Prof. Gregory will provide a topic and task on May 18, 2021 and then you have 3 days to hand in a written elaboration/essay. This means that you must submit your essay by May 21, 2021 (in the evening). Further details will be discussed during the course.

    Learning outcome, core skills


    This course aims to explore the digitalization of society from the standpoint of socially responsible digital leadership. It develops a set of concepts, frameworks, and tools to help students understand how to make decisions related to digitalization that establish a meaningful balance between the enabling and constraining ICT roles.


    Content


    This course is organized based on two complementary frameworks. First, a framework for Ethics. Second, a framework for Digitalization.

    1) Ethics framework. The following areas of “digital ethics” will be explored in the course:


    • Security (identification mechanisms, encryption, backups, hacking, etc.)
    • Cybercrime (robbery, identity theft, extortion, etc.)
    • Privacy (big data, etc.)
    • Social interaction (social technology, online communication, etc.)
    • Governance (rules, regulations, net neutrality, etc.)
    • Free will (how to use technology, algorithmic regulation, ethics of algorithms, etc.)
    • Society and economy (the digital revolution, smart machines eliminating jobs, autonomous technologies, etc.)



    2) Digitalization framework. The following areas of digitalization from a societal perspective will be explored in the course:


    • Connections (Mobile Technology, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Everything, etc.)
    • Information (Big Data, Transparency, the Generation and Sharing of Information, etc.)
    • Interactions (Social Technology, Online Communities, Digital Platforms, Crowdsourcing, etc.)
    • Intelligence (Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Man-Machine Symbiosis, etc.)



    The course employs a combination of case discussions and lectures.

    Exam requirements



    In order to accomplish this course successfully, students are expected to document an understanding of:


    • Individual and societal impacts of digitalization including potential ethical risks (including, for example, privacy concerns, security issues, cybercrime, consequences of breakdowns of fully automated systems, income inequality, and worsening other existing social problems)
    • Socially responsible digital leadership (including the enabling and constraining roles of ICT in the design, implementation, and use of the new generation of these technologies also referred to as digital technologies and platforms).




    Recommended previous knowledge



    Basic knowledge of business administration and information management