Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Business Ethics and Social Aspects of Big Data

Seminar, 2.50 ECTS


Course content

The students are able to understand the basic concepts of applied ethics in the field of economic and technological processes. They acquire the competences to recognize ethically relevant questions as such and to process them in ethical categories. They gain an overview of the questions and methods of technology assessment and learn to understand the social implications of new technologies.

Learning outcomes

The students should be given a first structured overview of the principles of general business administration, management techniques and the foundations of data protection law. Ethical reflection and the assessment of the consequences of technological developments are an integral part of modern societies. They form essential elements of social and political discourses. The seminar should offer a deeper analysis of the complex relationships between the areas of technology - society - economy and ethical considerations. The participants are introduced to the basics of applied ethics, in particular to the different approaches of descriptive and normative theories in the context of technical ethics.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Recommended literature:
Rath, M.; Spanholz, R. (2009): IT-Compliance: Erfolgreiches Management regulatorischer Anforderungen; Erich Schmidt Verlag; Rüter, A.; Schröder, J.; Göldner, A.; Niebuhr, J. (2010): IT-Governance in der Praxis; Springer; Johannsen, W.; Goeken, M. (2011): Referenzmodelle für IT-Governance – Methodische Unterstützung der Unternehmen-IT mit COBIT, ITIL & Co. dpunkt-Verlag, Heidelberg. Jahnel, Datenschutzrecht, Wien (2010)
Dohr/Pollirer/Weiss/Knyrim, Kommentar zum Datenschutzrecht, Wien 2009; Knyrim, Praxishandbuch Datenschutzrecht, Wien (2003) Fenner Dagmar, Einführung in die Angewandte Ethik, Stuttgart, 2010; Grunwald Armin, Technikfolgenabschätzung – eine Einführung, Berlin, 2010; Heidenreich Felix, Wirtschaftsethik, Hamburg, 2012; Knoepffler Nikolaus, Angewandte Ethik, Köln u.a., 2010; Nida-Rümelin Julian (Hg.), Angewandte Ethik. Die Bereichsethiken und ihre theoretische Fundierung - Ein Handbuch, Stuttgart, 2005; Korff Wilhelm u.a. (Hg.), Handbuch Wirtschaftsethik, Bde. 1-4, Gütersloh, 1999

Mode of delivery

2 THW Seminar

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic business knowledge

Assessment methods and criteria

continuous appraisal and seminar paper