ITC506 Rational Arguments IT Ethics Assessment and Tutor Proposal

Charles Sturt University


ITC506 Rational Arguments

Assessment No: 3

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ITC506 Rational Arguments IT Ethics

Rational Arguments


Task

Task 1 (8%): Argument Visualisation

In task 1 you will create a simple argument visualisation using the MindMup software and you will produce a report in task 2 which details the argument you construct in your argument visualisation.

Choose ONE of the following media articles or case studies:

  • The Ethics of “Giving People a Voice” and Political Advertising on Facebook (https://www.scu.edu/ethics-spotlight/social-media-and-democracy/the-ethics-of-giving- people-a-voice-and-political-advertising-on-facebook/)
  • The federal government’s response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry is a let down (https://theconversation.com/the-federal-governments-response-to-the-acccs-digital- platforms-inquiry-is-a-let-down-128775)
  • Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs (https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/ computing/it/countries-debate-openness-of-future-national-ids) (https://spectrum.ieee.org/ robotics/medical-robots/would-you-trust-a-robot-surgeon-to-operate-on-you)
  • Weaponization of Social Media by Authoritarian States (https://www.scu.edu/ethics- spotlight/social-media-and-democracy/weaponization-of-social-media-by-authoritarian- states/)
  • Do We Want Robot Warriors to Decide Who Lives or Dies? (https://spectrum.ieee.org/ robotics/military-robots/do-we-want-robot-warriors-to-decide-who-lives-or-dies) (http://mediasmarts.ca/blog/what-do-you-meme-it%E2%80%99s-not-legal)

Now follow the instructions given below to complete the assessment task:

  • Use the title of the article/case study as the title of your argument visualisation so that the lecturer knows which article you are analysing.
  • Undertake further research about your chosen case and the ethical issue involved, to assist you in analysing it in your argument visualisation (and in your report in Task 2).
  • Identify some logical arguments and construct an argument visualisation using MindMup software. Your visualisation should contain the conclusion, and all of the reasons and objections leading to that conclusion.
  • Your argument visualisation should present a logical argument for your subsequent report in Task 2. Your report will develop these arguments based on a deeper analysis of the ethical issue(s).
  • Your report should contain all of the arguments contained in your visualisation, and you should not introduce new arguments in your report that are not in your visualisation.
  • When you have completed your visualisation, download it as a .pdf file and submit via EASTS.

Task 2 (17%): Applying Ethical Theories

Follow the instructions given below to complete the task.

  • Write a report based on your argument visualisation created in Task 1 and the media article or case study you selected in Task 1.
  • Undertake further research about your chosen case and the ethical issue involved, to assist you in analysing and discussing it in your report.
  • Analyse the ethical issue applying the classical ethical theories, including utilitarianism, deontology, contract, and virtue. Your report should present well- reasoned arguments, logically leading to appropriate recommendations.
  • You should not introduce new arguments in your report that were not contained in your argument visualisation, and your report should contain all of the arguments contained in your visualisation.
  • Write an overall conclusion that justifies your recommendations made in your report.
  • Include a Reference list at the end of your work, using the correct APA referencing style, corresponding to in-text citations. The word limit for the report is 1500 words +/-10%. Headings, citations, references and appendices do not count towards the word limit, but quotations do.

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