CS5052 - Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law
Write an 1800-2000 word essay, in your own words, on the following topic:
What have been the impacts on ‘democracy’ of the extraordinary changes seen in IT in our lifetimes
Your essay must do the following:
Introduce the topic, and frame the debate (5%)
Define your terms and summarise the key changes that have taken place that will be used to frame your conclusions (20%)
Identify the positive impacts on democracy (in all its senses) of IT advances and any threats you identify (35%)
Specify and analyse any ethical issues involved in the topics you have identified and discussed in the previous section. Use the framework of positive and negative rights and other concepts in ethics where appropriate. (15%)
Draw conclusions from the analysis of these issues (5%)
You should use the Harvard referencing system. Include citations in the text to relevant authors. List these in a reference section at the end of the report, together with a bibliography of general background reading you have carried out.
You will be assessed on the quality of your written English. Tutors will award marks for well-structured essays that argue points logically, reveal clarity of thought, and draw insightful conclusions. Marks will be awarded for spelling and the and the appropriate use of punctuation and grammar. (12%)
Total 100%. Marks may be deducted in the event of submissions below the minimum word length.