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Computer Science

COMP 380: Computers and Society

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

In this course, we will explore a few of the many cultural, social, and ethical issues that arise from individuals’, groups’, and societies’ use of information and digital technologies. It is by necessity a partial look, as the richness and complexity of the relationship between “computers” and “society” is endlessly productive of new delights and dilemmas and, therefore, impossible to reduce to a single semester.

Required Texts

  • Berners-Lee, Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web. 2000: HarperBusiness. ISBN 978-0062515872
  • Ceruzzi, Computing: A Concise History. 2012: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262517676

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Required Technology

  • This course uses free communications software called VoiceThread (see At a minimum, you must have a working microphone that is built into or connects to your computer. It is recommended that you have a webcam and headset. You are not expected to have previous experience with VoiceThread.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Tessa Nicholas, PhD
  • Department: Computer Science
  • Credit hours: 3
  • This section does not fulfill the Experiential Education (EE) requirement.
  • View a sample course syllabus.

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