Spring 2022 - CMPT 320 D100

Social Implications - Computerized Society (3)

Class Number: 6069

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

    Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    A CMPT course with a minimum grade of C- and 45 units.



An examination of social processes that are being automated and implications for good and evil, that may be entailed in the automation of procedures by which goods and services are allocated. Examination of what are dehumanizing and humanizing parts of systems and how systems can be designed to have a humanizing effect. Breadth-Science.


Computers have become a powerful influence in the lives of many people in modern societies. The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to some of the numerous consequences of the increased usage of computers in society for the public sphere and private lives. We will introduce and make use of well established frameworks in ethics and economics. The course format comprises lectures, readings, videos and discussions. This is an in-person class. • Exams must be taken in a classroom. • Quizzes may be held either in-class or on-line (announced ahead of time). • Lecture slides will be posted. • There will be no lecture recordings.


  • An Overview of Ethical Theories
  • Computers and Work
  • Privacy and Personal Information
  • Intellectual Property
  • Economic Impact of Computerization
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Reliability and Liability
  • Professional Ethics
  • Computer Crime
  • Implications of artificial intelligence (time permitting)


  • Final Exam 40%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Quizzes/Participation 10%
  • Term Paper or Short Paper + Presentation 30%



A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology 5th Edition, Sara Baase, Timothy M. Henry, Pearson, 2017
ISBN: 9780134615271

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.