Building a ‘moral operating system’ for IT students: Pedagogies and problems

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In this paper, we will discuss the obstacles, lessons learnt, and innovations in pedagogy in delivering the subject, Topics in Information Technology Ethics, which is the applied professional ethics subject for the Masters in IT at CSU. It is also, more broadly, a mandatory subject for all Computer Science degrees in Australia, under the auspices of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). As part of this discussion we examine the present ethical landscape in the IT industry and outline how we prepare students to enter the industry with independent ethical agency. It is the contention of the presentation that argument, reasoning, and logic skills are the seminal learning proficiencies required for students to enter the dynamic ethical landscape of the digital economy, although this is not without limitations.


Conference9th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleBusiness ethics: New challenges, better theories, practical solutions
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