The development of technical and social standards governing the Internet and Information Technology in general. The role of software as it relates to law, patents, intellectual property, and IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standards. Written analysis of issues from a technical perspective with an emphasis on the role of software and on how standards relate to social and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Computer Science 100 or consent of the instructor
What this means: you can take this course without taking Computer Science 100, but the technical content might seem, well, technical. There no particular aspect of Compsci 100 that will help, it's general comfort with computer science topics. You can get such comfort without taking Compsci 100, though we hope most will have taken it. There is no programming required in this course.
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
by Lawrence Lessig
No Place to Hide|
by Robert O'Harrow
You should prepare for each class by reading the articles/books given on the syllabus. You should be prepared to discuss what you read, ask questions about what you don't understand, and to lead discussions twice during the semester.
This courses also carries a (R)esearch designation. There is a term project that can be done in groups, which should be a 30-40 page research paper. The final project can involve programming/implementations, but it's not expected to.
To receive a grade in the A range you must exceed expectations. This means you must do everything required very well or you must do more than is required and do this well. In other words, to earn an A you must do more than merely meet expectations, you must exceed them.
In order to earn an A+ you must exceed expectations in general and do a wonderful project.
|H20 and other short essays||12%|
The papers are submitted twice. You'll receive feedback on your first submission and have the opportunity to resubmit in response to the feedback. Both submissions are graded, you keep the highest grade (hopefully this is the revised grade.)
Papers are graded on a 10-point scale (0-9):
Papers turned in before 2:00 pm on Friday after the due date will lose 3 points for the first submission, but can be revised/resubmitted with a 1 point penalty for the final submission.
Papers turned in after 2:00 pm on Friday will not be critiqued and will lose 3 points for the final submission.