Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 22

Volume 22 Number 3, Pages 183-190

Fall 2011


Incorporating Ethics and Social Responsibility in IS Education


Albert L. Harris
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608, USA

Michael Lang
National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

Dave Yates
United States Air Force

S. E. Kruck
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807, USA

Abstract: This paper discusses the importance of ethics and social responsibility in information systems (IS) education. The many public scandals of corporate misconduct have increased the need for more emphasis to be placed on ethics and ethical issues in IS education. The authors describe how the inclusion of ethics and social responsibility in the IS curriculum enhances IS education and discuss the core issues to be addressed, including: professional conduct, privacy, intellectual property, cybercrime, impact on humans, freedom of speech, and “Green” computing issues. The authors also introduce the papers presented in this special issue and challenge IS educators to increase their emphasis on ethics and social responsibility in their classes.

Keywords: Ethics, Curriculum design & development

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Recommended Citation: Harris, A. L., Lang, M., Yates, D., & Kruck, S. E. (2011). Incorporating Ethics and Social Responsibility in IS Education. Journal of Information Systems Education, 22(3), pp. 183-190.