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: 22.04.2022 - 27.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exam and written report


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Substitutes for Courses
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


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V-Summer

    2021-2022 Spring V-Summer

    Course Homepage:

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