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ECS 3361/SOCS 3361.

501
Course
SOCIAL ISSUES & ETHICS IN ECS
Professor Dr. Kruti Dholakia
Term Fall 2010
Meetings Wednesday, 5:30-8:15 PM; MSET 2.303

PROFESSOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION


Main Phone 972-UTD-2926
Office Location GR 3.232
Email Address kruti@utdallas.edu
Office Hours W/F 4:00 – 5:30 PM; R 5:00-6:30; or by appointment

GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION


Using Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent Document Editors is
Pre-requisites, Co- recommended (You can get the Office ’07 from UTD Bookstore at a very
requisites, & other reasonable discounted price of $35.00). Please obtain your NET-ID if you
restrictions have not obtained it yet, because email sent from your utdallas.edu email
address is encouraged.
This course exposes students to major theoretical approaches and modes
of thinking in the social sciences while exploring a range of important
issues in computing and engineering, and the interrelationship between
technology and important elements of social systems. Areas of
Course Description exploration include the interface between technology, culture, economy,
gender, politics, and religion. Issues of professional scientific advances
and the acceptability of risk, globalization, and the relevance of
constitutional issues are all explored by drawing upon empirical research
and important research methodologies in the social sciences.
The course goals are:
· Raising awareness of the larger social impact of technological
and economic developments
· Developing a working vocabulary of evaluative terms and
Learning Outcomes
concepts derived from political, economic, and ethical theory
· Applying evaluative vocabulary in formulating and critiquing
arguments and decisions regarding ethical problems that are
raised
Required Texts &
NONE
Materials
If you attend class regularly class-notes should suffice!
Suggested Texts,
If you would like a reference book - DeGeorge Richard, “Business
Readings, &
Ethics,” 6th edition. Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishing, 2005 ISBN 0-13-
Materials
099163-5 is recommended.
CLASS SCHEDULE

Class
Date Topics/Chapters to be covered Groups
25-Aug Introduction to the Class/Movie
1-Sep 1,2
Conventional Morality and Ethical Relativism
8-Sep 3,4
15-Sep 5,6
Utility and Utilitarianism
22-Sep 7,8
29-Sep 9,10
Moral Duty, Rights, and Justice
6-Oct 11,12
13-Oct Virtue, Moral Responsibility, and Moral 13,14
20-Oct Reasoning 15,16
27-Oct 17,18
Justice and Economic Systems
3-Nov 19,20
10-Nov Corporations and Morality 21,22
17-Nov Global Issues and International Obligations 23,24
24-Nov Workers’ Rights and Duties Within a Firm 25,26
1-Dec FINAL EXAM DUE
These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

COURSE POLICIES
1 Final Exam worth 40 points;
1 Group Presentation worth 40 points
Class participation worth 20 points – attendance matters!!!
FINAL: Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Grading (credit) Criteria
GRADING (NO CURVE AVAILABLE):
91-100: A-, A, A+ 81-90: B-, B, B+
71-80: C-, C, C+ 61-70: D-, D, D+
Less than 61: F
NO MAKE-UP EXAMS OFFERED. Please do not even ask to avoid
Make-up Exams
potentially embarrassing interactions for either you or me.
NO EXTRA CREDIT is available per se. However, discounts and
Extra Credit credits will be assigned in class, which implies that attendance is
COMPULSORY.
Late Work NOT ACCEPTABLE.
COMPULSORY. If you miss more than two classes, I retain the right
to deduct points from your exams, at my discretion. Full attendance is
Class Attendance required and imperative. Looking at previous experiences with this
and other classes, tardiness and absence are the main contributing
factors to poor grades.
Please maintain class decorum and be respectful towards other
students in the class. If you have a doubt or misunderstanding
Classroom Citizenship regarding course work, feel free to voice it in class but remember
that, everyone in class is here to learn and frequent "disturbances" not
pertinent to class work might be severely dealt with!
Other information: http://go.utdallas.edu/syllabus-policies.