Spring ’11

Here is a weekly and day by day schedule of the class. See T-Square @ GATech site for this class for details on readings and assignments. Some topics and readings are subject to change, so please make sure to check this site on weekly basis (at-least).

Week #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9,#10,#11, #12, #13, #14, #15


Week 1 (1/10/11)

  • Tuesday
    • CLASSES CANCELLED (GA Tech Closed)
  • Thursday
    • Welcome & Overview (In class discussion and materials)

Week 2 (1/17/11)

  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
    • Reading Arguments
      • READINGS:
        1. WA Chapters 1 & 2
        2. Gordon Adams Petition (available via T-Square) [Or find in T-square/CS-4001-C-Resources/Readings].

Week 3 (1/24/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Writing & Analyzing Arguments
      • READINGS: WA 1 & 2
  • Thursday
    • Deontology & Social Contract Theory
      • READINGS: Quinn, Chapter 2

Week 4 (1/31/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Stakeholder Analysis & Virtue Ethics
      • READINGS: In a Different Voice by Carol Gilligan, pp. 25-39 Virtue Ethics, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (available via T-Square, look under Resources/Readings/..)
  • Thursday
    • Core & Logical Structure of Arguments
    • READINGS: W&A Chapter 3 & 4.

Week 5 (2/7/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Freedom of Speech
      • READINGS: Quinn, Chapter 3.

Week 6 (2/14/11)


Week 7 (2/21/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Evidence and Moving your Audience
      • READING: WA Chapters 5, 6, 7
    • Do Artifacts Have Politics by Langdon Winner (See T-square/Resources/Readings (and READ it!)). [Discussion Led by Caleb Southern]
  • Thursday
    • Intellectual Property
      • READINGS: Quinn Chapter 4.

Week 8 (2/28/11)

  • Tuesday
    • When do People Cheat? Ethical Conduct in the Real World
    • READING: Chapter from “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely (T-square, zip file)
  • Thursday
    • Mid Term Exam (available over T-square) Duration 2hrs. (More information to come!).

Week 9 (3/7/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Code of Ethics
      • READINGS:
        • Quinn Chapter 8
        • Article “Using the New ACM Code of Ethics in Decision Making” by Anderson et al (T-square)
  • Thursday
    • DISCUSSION about Final Term Papers

Week 10 (3/14/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Work, Wealth, Society, Technology.
      • READINGS: Quinn Chapter 9
    • Simulation
  • Thursday

Week 11 (3/21/11) [SPRING BREAK]

  • Tuesday
  • Thursday

Week 12 (3/28/11)

  • Thursday
    • Discussion of Term Paper Topics

Week 13 (4/4/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Simulation
  • Thursday
    • Robots and Military Ethics (GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Ron Arkin)
      • READING:
      • Arkin (2011), “The Case for Ethical Autonomy in Unmanned Systems” LINK

Week 14 (4/11/11)


Week 15 (4/18/11)


Week 16 (4/25/11)

  • Tuesday
    • Term Paper PANELS 1
  • Thursday
    • Term Paper PANELS 2
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