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The teaching of computer ethics on computer science and related degree programmes. a European survey


Ioannis Stavrakakis , Damian Gordon , Brendan Tierney , Anna Becevel , Emma Murphy , Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Radu Dobrin, Viola Schiaffonati , Cristina Pereira , Svetlana Tikhonenko , Paul Gibson , Stephane Maag , Francesco Agresta , Andrea Curley , Michael Collins , Dympna O Sullivan

Publication Type:

Journal article


International Journal of Ethics Education


Within the Computer Science community, many ethical issues have emerged as significant and critical concerns. Computer ethics is an academic field in its own right and there are unique ethical issues associated with information technology. It encompasses a range of issues and concerns including privacy and agency around personal information, Artificial Intelligence and pervasive technology, the Internet of Things and surveillance applications. As computing technology impacts society at an ever growing pace, there are growing calls for more computer ethics content to be included in Computer Science curricula. In this paper we present the results of a survey that polled faculty from Computer Science and related disciplines about teaching practices for computer ethics at their institutions. The survey was completed by respondents from 61 universities across 23 European countries. Participants were surveyed on whether or not computer ethics is taught to Computer Science students at each institution, the reasons why computer ethics is or is not taught, how computer ethics is taught, the background of staff who teach computer ethics and the scope of computer ethics curricula. This paper presents and discusses the results of the survey.


@article{Stavrakakis 6321,
author = {Ioannis Stavrakakis and Damian Gordon and Brendan Tierney and Anna Becevel and Emma Murphy and Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic and Radu Dobrin and Viola Schiaffonati and Cristina Pereira and Svetlana Tikhonenko and Paul Gibson and Stephane Maag and Francesco Agresta and Andrea Curley and Michael Collins and Dympna O Sullivan },
title = {The teaching of computer ethics on computer science and related degree programmes. a European survey},
editor = {Springer},
month = {October},
year = {2021},
journal = {International Journal of Ethics Education },
url = {}