In this class, you will learn about:
All students are expected to adhere to the Georgia Tech Honor Code.
|Dates||Topic||Reading and Activities||Assignments Due|
|1-6||Welcome and Overview||Screening of The Yes Men Fix The World: Bhopal Gas Tragedy|
|1-8||The Case of Computing and Society||The Limits of Correctness by Brian Cantwell Smith||Reading Reflection (RR)|
|1-13||Politics of artifacts||Do Artifacts Have Politics? By Langdon Winner||RR|
|1-20||No Class||MLK Holiday|
|1-22||Class Activity||Topics discussed thus far|
|1-27||Deontology & Social Contract Theory||Quinn 2.6, 2.9||
|1-29||Social Contract Theory||
|2-3||Care ethics, Stakeholder Analysis, & Virtue Ethics||
|2-5||Freedom of Speech & Networked Communications||
|2-12||Privacy and the Government||
||RR & HW2 due|
|2-17||Discussion of Term Paper Proposals||
|2-19||Discussion of Term Paper Proposals contd.||
|2-24||Insurrectionist ethics||Insurrectionist ethics by Leonard Harris (p.192-p.210 of Ethics for the New Millenium)||
|2-26||Exam Midterm||Sample Midterm|
|3-2||Race & computing||
|3-4||Gender & Computing||Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination by Sasha Costanza-Chock||RR & HW3 Due||3-9||Class & Computing||How the surveillance state destroys the lives of poor whites and people of color by Betts, RD|
|3-11||AI, Algorithms, and Bias||Quinn Chapter 8.1-8.4, 8.7-8.8||RR|
|3-16||No class||Spring break|
|3-18||No class||Spring break|
|3-23||Technology & Policing||[No meeting due to COVID-19 outbreak] RR optional|
|3-27||Privacy & Biological Data||[No meeting due to COVID-19 outbreak] RR optional|
|3-30||Discuss readings from last two days, and set context for O'Neil reading||
||4-1||Power of Corporations, Big Data, and Manipulation||RR|
|4-6||Work and Wealth||RR|
|4-8||Computing & social good?||RR|
|4-13||No class|| |
|4-15||Term paper presentations, Day 1|| |
|4-20||Term paper presentations, Day 2|| |
|4-22||Term paper presentations, Day 3|| |
|4-24||Final term paper due|| |
It is expected that students will participate online, be prepared by doing the readings, and will pay attention and participate in discussion meetings. Doing all three regularly will earn full credit. Contributions to Canvas discussions count towards participation.
Reflections are due at 11:59pm on the day of the class. For this, you are expected to submit (i) a summary of the readings (ii) connections you see between readings (if there are more than one, if not, skip this part) (iii) two questions that the readings raised for you on Piazza. Participation and discussion on Canvas as responses to each others' questions are highly encouraged and will be counted toward the participation grade.
Any questions regarding general rules and regulations should first be directed to the Georgia Tech Catalog. If you still have questions, please seek out the TA or Instructor during the posted office hours.
Reading reflections carry 5% of the total grade.
Homeworks will be graded on a list of criteria (specified on the assignment) such as quality of writing, completeness, insight into technical issues, insight into social issues, etc. A means "you impressed me." B means the assignment is incomplete, incorrect, or sloppy in some fashion with respect to that criterion. These are general guidelines to let you know what to expect. Grading on specific assignments may differ.
If English is not your first language, you may request to not be graded on your writing for a particular individual assignment, including the term paper. This means you won't be penalized for bad writing. To take advantage of this option, you must mark "ESL" (English as a Second Language) on the first page of your assignment/paper. This option is not available for group assignments. We will do our best to offer useful feedback on your writing.
|Class Participation (will take attendance into account)||20%||HW Assignment||15%|
Assignments are due at the start of class on the day they are due. Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of 3 pts (one grade step: A becomes A-) per day. Assignments more than one week late will not be accepted.
Over the course of the term, you have three "late days" where work may be late with no explanation needed. Please mark “Use my late days” on the first page of your assignment/paper if want to use your late days when you make late submissions. Use your late days wisely as different submissions have different weights.