Exploring Ethics in the Information Age - A Student Group Exercise for BU1173

To stimulate discussion and critical thinking on the topics of ethics in the information age among students in the Northern College Course BU1173.
Duration: 60 minutes
Materials: Whiteboard or flip chart, markers, sticky notes, timer
Divide the class into groups of 4 students. Each group will be assigned one of the following ethical dilemmas related to the information age:
Privacy vs. security: Balancing individual privacy rights with the need for national security.
Intellectual property: Addressing issues of copyright infringement and piracy in the digital era.
Digital divide: Exploring the ethical implications of unequal access to digital resources and technology.
Cyberbullying: Discussing the responsibilities of individuals, institutions, and social media platforms in addressing online harassment.
Allow each group 15 minutes to discuss their assigned topic and come up with two key arguments or points of view. Encourage students to consider the different stakeholders involved in each issue and the potential consequences of various solutions.
After 15 minutes, each group will present their topic and key arguments to the class. Allocate 5 minutes per group for presentations.
Following the presentations, allow 20 minutes for an open class discussion, where students can debate the merits of each argument, ask questions, and share their thoughts on the ethical dilemmas presented.
As the discussion progresses, write down key points and emerging themes on the whiteboard or flip chart. This will help to visually organize the discussion and facilitate a deeper understanding of the ethical issues at hand.
To conclude the exercise, ask each student to write down one key takeaway or insight they gained from the group exercise on a sticky note. Collect the sticky notes and display them on a wall or whiteboard for all to see.
By engaging in this group exercise, students will:
Develop a deeper understanding of the ethical dilemmas and challenges faced in the information age.
Enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.
Gain exposure to diverse perspectives and ideas, fostering empathy and open-mindedness.
Encourage collaboration and teamwork in a group setting.
This exercise is an excellent way for students in the BU1173 course to explore the complex and often controversial issues surrounding ethics in the information age. By fostering an open and respectful environment for discussion, students will be better equipped to navigate these challenges in their personal and professional lives.
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