Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

An Introduction to Software Engineering Ethics

by Shannon Vallor, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Santa Clara University

special contributor, Arvind Narayanan, Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
Princeton University



Notes for Instructors

This ethics module for software engineering courses includes a reading, homework assignments, case studies, and classroom exercises, all designed to spark a conversation about ethical issues that students will face in their lives as software engineers.

No training in ethical theory, applied ethics, or philosophy is required for either the instructor or the students as they tackle these materials.

The revised module, which can be used in part or in whole, now includes additional suggestions for classroom use (in the “Notes for Instructors” section), as well as an expanded bibliography (Appendix C).

The module is provided at no cost (with written permission for class use) by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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