In this class, you will learn about:
All students are expected to adhere to the Georgia Tech Honor Code.
NOTE: the following schedule is to accomodate for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and is subject to change as required. We will run the class in a combination of asychronous and synchronous methods: we shall meet online on days highlighted in
|Dates||Topic||Reading and Activities||Assignments Due|
|5-11||Welcome and Overview||Introductions||
|5-13||The Case of Computing and Society||The Limits of Correctness by Brian Cantwell Smith||Reading Reflection (RR)|
|5-18||Politics of artifacts||Do Artifacts Have Politics? By Langdon Winner||RR|
|5-25||No class-memorial day||N/A||
|5-27||Deontology & Social Contract Theory||Quinn 2.6, 2.9||
|6-1||Stakeholder Analysis & Virtue Ethics||
|6-3||Freedom of Speech & Networked Communications||
|6-8||Privacy and the Government||
|6-10||Discussion of Term Paper Proposals||
|6-15||Insurrectionist ethics||Insurrectionist ethics by Leonard Harris (p.192-p.210 of Ethics for the New Millenium)||
|6-17||Race & computing||
|6-22||Gender & Computing||Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination by Sasha Costanza-Chock||RR & HW2 due|
|6-24||Class & Computing||How the surveillance state destroys the lives of poor whites and people of color by Betts, RD||Midterm submission|
|6-29||AI, Algorithms, and Bias||Quinn Chapter 8.1-8.4, 8.7-8.8|
|7-1||Power of Corporations, Big Data, and Manipulation||
|7-6||Work and Wealth||RR|
|7-8||The Participation Divide||
|7-13||Computing & social good?||
|7-15||Revisiting computing & social good||
||Final exam release|
|7-22||No reading, focus on the exam||N/A||
For the asynchronous part of the class, I will be uploading recorded lectures on Canvas and a subsequent announcement notifying you about the recording. You are encouraged to listen to these lectures in addition to the readings; the lectures will cover the main takeaways I would like you to get from the readings. Note that these readings are open to some subjective interpretations; meaning, you may notice things that I don't, which is where the Canvas exchanges come in. Share what you thought of the readings on Canvas, I will do my best to engage with your thoughts there and in our discussion meetings.
It is expected that students will participate online, be prepared by doing the readings, and will pay attention and participate in discussions. Doing all three regularly will earn full credit. Contributions to Canvas discussions count towards class participation.
Reflections are due on Canvas at 11:59pm on the day of the class. For this, you are expected to submit:
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.
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.