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Digital Ethics and Privacy 7,5 Credits

Course Contents

This course aims to provide an overview of topics related to ethics and privacy in the context of digital technologies. The course focuses on societal aspects of digital technologies, including, but not limited to, topics such as human values, vulnerabilities, or intersectionality. To gain an in-depth comprehension of these topics, the course outlines the psychological underpinnings of decision-making in digital space. The course encourages students to reflect critically on ethical and privacy tradeoffs when designing, developing, and using digital technologies. Moreover, participation in seminars and debates prepares students for polemical discussions around ethics they might encounter in professional settings.

The course considers legal frameworks as one way to tackle ethical and privacy issues that digital technologies incite. Select best practices enabling privacy by design are discussed, which students can apply in professional settings as technology designers, developers, consultants, or privacy and security experts. Additionally, the course presents an overview of critique-based approaches to values and ethics that could be utilized to identify potential ethical, privacy, and security risks.

The course includes the following elements:
- Ethics and values: theoretical approaches
- Relevant legal frameworks (including but not limited to GDPR, NIS, European Commission Digital Strategy, and intellectual propriety rights)
- Privacy: definitions, theories, and frameworks (e.g., privacy by design, privacy impact assessment)
- Human factors and decision-making in the digital context
- Ethical and privacy risks in the context of the technology design and development processes (e.g., testing, experimentation)
- Ethical and privacy concerns within digital products (e.g., personalization, manipulation, dark patterns, fingerprinting)


The applicant must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (i.e., the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 credits in computer science, informatics, information systems, computer engineering, or equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required.

Level of Education: Master
Course code/Ladok code: TEKR23
The course is conducted at: School of Engineering

Upcoming course occasions

Type of course
Study type
Spring 2025: Jan 13 - Mar 23
Rate of Study
Course coordinator
Agnieszka Kitkowska
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students
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