De Montfort University degree to explore IT in society


De Montfort University degree to explore IT in society

Rebecca Thomson

A degree looking at the social impact and role of IT will be launched next year by De Montfort University in Leicester.

From September 2008, the BA (Hons) course in society and information will explore the role of IT in society, and the impact that technologies such as social networking and mobile communications have on society. It will also look at the ethical and legal implications of using information.

Course modules include investigation and problem solving, computer ethics and professional responsibility, regulations and law in the information society, the social context of IT, and e-commerce.

The degree will make use of research conducted into the social and moral impacts of IT by De Montfort's Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility.

Course leader, Steve McRobb, said the course will prepare students for a broad range of careers.

"The management of information is regarded as one of the major challenges for both public and private organisations.

"Employers increasingly want graduates who can think laterally and who can articulate a concept. Students on this degree will draw on a range of disciplines to understand different ways of interpreting and using information," he said.

McRobb said the course would provide a new way of looking at technology and its effects.

"Our aim is to produce graduates who are confident in working across discipline boundaries to explore and evaluate the impact of new technologies on work and social life," he said.

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