Welcome to CS384, Perspectives on Computing, at Calvin College.
This course addresses social, ethical, legal and professional issues that arise in computer science from a Reformed, Christian perspective. Social issues concerning the computerization of society include privacy, security, the digital divide and changes in the way people receive information and relate with others. Ethical discussion starts with a survey of ethical theories and covers professional, ethical and legal issues in areas including intellectual property, privacy, liability and professional codes of conduct. In addition, some foundational issues are covered, including materialist vs. Christian view of what it means to be a person.
Prerequisite: last year of a computing-related program. Meets the integrative studies requirement.
Instructor: Dr. Derek Schuurman
Course Text: Derek C. Schuurman,
Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology,
InterVaristy Press, 2013.
This text also has a companion website.
Upon successful completion of this course, a successful student will be able to: