Computing, Ethics, and Society, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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Explore the Frontier of Ethical Computing. Explore the ethical considerations of computing systems and technologies with this Computing, Ethics, and Society course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder.

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Computing systems and technologies are impacting the lives of most people the world, and will do so even more in the future. These impacts include how we get information, how we socialize, how we receive critical services such as health care and transportation, and much more. Computing also impacts our society in fundamental ways including the impact of automation on the availability and types of employment, and how we organize and govern our society. 

This Computing, Ethics, and Society course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder examines some of the ethical issues in the design and implementation of current and future computing systems and technologies, and reflects upon the broad implication of computing on our society. It draws upon a wide variety of sources and experiences including recent events, media and research articles, and the experiences of computing professionals. It examines a wide range of computing applications in areas including algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning, social media, security and privacy, health care, robotics and autonomous systems, gender and race in the computing workforce, and the future of work. Its overriding objective is to help learners identify and manage ethical situations that may arise in their careers and lives. This includes exposing learners to a wide range of examples of ethical issues in computing, and making them familiar with ethical frameworks that can be applied to help analyze ethical challenges.

Applied Learning Project

Throughout the specialization, learners will engage with articles published in computing ethics journals. These assignments will require learners to carefully dissect the articles, critically evaluate the ethical principles at play, and reflect on the broader implications for society, technology, and individual decision-making.

What You Will Learn:

  • Describe ethical challenges that arise in a wide range of computing technologies and applications, their causes, and how they can be addressed.
  • Apply ethical frameworks to help analyze ethical challenges that arise in computing technologies and applications and the computing workspace.
  • Identify ethical issues associated with the culture of tech workplaces and how they can be addressed.

Skills You Will Gain:

  • Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethical Frameworks
  • Ethics of Robotics
  • Computing Ethics
  • Ethics of Algorithms

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computing, Ethics, and Society Foundations
  • Ethical Issues in AI and Professional Ethics
  • Ethical Issues in Computing Applications

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • Flexible

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You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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General requirements

Beginner level

  • No previous experience necessary

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