|Course Name:||Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility|
|Offered Date:||Winter - 2018 | Other versions|
This course examines fundamental issues concerning the nature of legal and moral responsibility. What is it to be responsible, i.e. for one's actions? The concept of responsibility is prima facie a kind of liability to the welfare or interests of others. Thus, if one's act is considered "good," then it is deserving of the appropriate praise or reward; an "evil" act, on the other hand, is subject to the required blame, censure, or (if necessary) punishment. Actions, however, can be evaluated in moral and/or legal terms. We may now ask: what is the difference between moral and legal responsibility (for one's actions)? What is the justification of punishment? Similarly, moral blame is a form of punishment; but under what conditions is it reasonable to morally condemn irresponsible acts?
In order to properly address these questions, we must first explore their foundation: the nature of law in relation to morality. Is law (necessarily) conditioned by moral principles or only contingently moral, i.e. a "social fact"? Thus, our understanding of moral and legal responsibility turns on our conceptions of morality and law.
|Credit Status:||1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
|Mode of Instruction:||Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom, and computer lab
Typical scheduling pattern: Winter term
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Ethics for the Information Age (7th Edition)
by Michael J. Quinn
Published by Pearson, 2016
Ethics at Work (NetEffect Series)
by Barbara G. Cox
Published by Prentice Hall
To obtain a credit in this course, a student must:
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|Cheating and Plagiarism:
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.
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|Discrimination and Harassment:
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at email@example.com.
Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.
BTE620 Course Outline