Social-Professional Aspects of Informatics



- Impact of communications and information technologies in the society

- Ethics and applied ethics related to the aspects of design, build, deployment and usage of modern communication and information systems


- Analysis of controversies and ethical impacts of communication and information technology

- Awareness on the social implications of technology

Soft Skills:

- learn how to research social sciences subjects

- oral and written presentation skills

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Augusto Legatheaux Martins, Paulo Orlando Reis Afonso Lopes


Weekly - 3

Total - 28

Teaching language



Not applicable.


Michael J. Quinn, “Ethics for the Information Age,” Pearson, 7th Edition, 2010

Each theme will be covered with more references; the appropriate place to find them is the online documentation of the course.

Teaching method

The course comprises any or all of the following: lectures, seminars conducted by instructors or invited speakers, and films (followed by debates). References to papers and themes for research will be provided to support the written group work. 


Evaluation method

Grading Components

Two tests or final exam and a final project.

Final Grade

0,33 * grade of test 1 + 0,33 * grade of test 2 + 0,33 * grade of final project.

Tests average, as well as the final project work, must be graded at least 8 grades.

Geting "frequência"

The presentation (text and video) of the final project be graded equal to or greater than 8 grades to obtain "frequência". 

Grading of the final project

The grade is assigned as a result of the evaluation of the written content as well as the quality of the video presentation, which may not exceed 10 minutes.

If the grade is above 17, the work will have to be presented to the instructors and discussed with them. In those cases different grades may be assigned to different students in the group, as a result of their contribution to the discussion (not attending this session will be subject to an a priori penalty of 10 in the project grading)

Late delivery policy
Late delivery doesn''t imply refusal of acceptance; however, these works  will be penalized at
a rate of 1 grade/day. Maximum late delivery is 7 days.

Subject matter

Introduction - an overview of the evolution of digital technology and of the social impact of technology

Morals, ethics and the law

The impact of digital communications on privacy and human interaction

Security and privacy, computer hacking, cybercrime

Intelectual property and plagiarism

Privacy and protection of individual data

The impact of the digital in the society – highlights: Internet and AI

Social networks and their social impact

Professional Ethics



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