Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The aim of the course is to to develop participants thinking and analytical skills in various ethical issues related to digitalization and to to assume a critical attitude towards promises of moral improvement through digitalization; and to see digitalization and related technologies in their wider social, environmental and political contexts.



Credits: 5

Schedule: 23.04.2021 - 28.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kari Hiekkanen, Marko Turpeinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kari Hiekkanen, Marko Turpeinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the socio-ethical implications of digital technologies. We will combine theoretical viewpoints with concrete issues facing people who are implementing digital systems. We will cover a variety of themes, including data ownership and control, digital economics and surveillance capitalism, power and governance of algorithmic decision making, humanization of digital technology, ethics of robotics and autonomous systems and sustainablity of digital development in general.



Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exam and written report


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course will entail an intense array of learning and teaching methods. We will take up issues that have recently come into focus and are being approached by a variety of disciplines at different paces. We will discuss examples from various domains, such as health, media, games, retail, manufacturing. The class instructors will include Aalto University researchers and affiliates with various academic backgrounds, as well as experts from the industry.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions