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Data Protection & Ethics

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

• are able to explain fundamental positions of technical and business ethics using examples
• are able to describe the steps to forming an ethical judgment and apply these to case studies from the world of business/technology
• have a good understanding of the fundamental laws, regulations and strategies concerning data protection

prerequisites and co-requisites

According admission requirements

course contents

• Introduction to data protection
• Definition of personal data, data register
• Informational self-determination, laws and regulations on data protection
• Rights of those affected
• Organizational measures to protect personal data
• Basic positions of forming ethical judgments
• Methods of ethical argumentation
• Concept of responsibility
• Ethics in engineering and business
• Ethics in connected information and knowledge-based societies

recommended or required reading

• Floridi (2015): The Ethics of Information, Oxford University Press
• Lynskey (2015): The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law, Oxford Uni- versity Press

assessment methods and criteria

written exam

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated course

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Director of studies

year of study

2. study year

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code

not applicable

type of course unit


mode of delivery

Integrierte Lehrveranstaltung

work placement(s)

not applicable