Computers, Information and Society

Course Code: NATS 1700 B 6.0

Instructor's Name: Vera Pavri

Course Description:

This course examines the development, impact and use of current computing and information systems that we use in our everyday lives. We will explore how social values have shaped these networks, and how these technologies have helped transform the way we communicate, work, play, think and process information. Topics that will be examined include: a) the early development and shaping of computing technology, b) computer and IT management and control issues (e.g. privacy, copyright, patents, standards and cybercrime); c) IT and society (e.g. internet sociability, online multitasking, heuristics, information processing and cognitive functioning) and d) current computing controversies (e.g. video games and violence, AI versus human intelligence, computer reliability).

Course Format:

Three lecture hours per week.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/NATS 1505 3.00.

Mathematical Content:

Minimal simple arithmetical calculation at about Grade 10 level.

Course Outlines:

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