Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 22

Volume 22 Number 3, Pages 253-260

Fall 2011


Teaching Ethical Reflexivity in Information Systems: How to Equip Students to Deal With Moral and Ethical Issues of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies


Bernd C. Stahl
De Montfort University
Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK

Abstract: Teaching ethics to students of information systems (IS) raises a number of conceptual and content-related issues. The present paper starts out by developing a conceptual framework of moral and ethical issues that distinguishes between moral intuition, explicit morality, ethical theory and meta-ethical reflection. This conceptual framework demonstrates the complexity of the field and can be used to categorize different concerns and discourses. The paper then proceeds to discuss ethical issues that can be expected to arise from novel developments in information and communication technologies. These give rise to a set of recommendations, which are aimed at policy makers as well as ICT industry and professionals. The paper concludes by suggesting that the task of IS education is to develop ethical reflexivity in students. Such reflexivity will be required to provide the conceptual complexity and intellectual openness that will be needed to react appropriately to novel challenges.

Keywords: Ethics, Critical thinking, Life-long learning, Privacy

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Recommended Citation: Stahl, B. C. (2011). Teaching Ethical Reflexivity in Information Systems: How to Equip Students to Deal With Moral and Ethical Issues of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies. Journal of Information Systems Education, 22(3), pp. 253-260.