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Privacy & Ethics

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

The graduate / the student:
* has a good understanding of the fundamental laws, regulations and strategies in data protection
* can explain basic positions of technical and business ethics using examples
* can describe the steps of ethical judgement and argumentation and apply them in case studies from economic and technical practice
* know the effects of technological change on work-life balance and family

prerequisites and co-requisites

English version available soon

course contents

* Introduction to data protection and its implementation
* Definitions: personal data, data registers, publicly accessible data, pseudonymization
* Informational self-determination, laws and regulations on data protection
* Rights of those concerned
* Organizational measures for the protection of personal data
* Criminal/civil law aspects: Trade secrets, refusal to testify
* Introduction to ethics as the science of good and right decisions and actions
* Relevant factors of ethical judgement
* Methods of ethical argumentation
* Concept of responsibility
* Business and technical ethics as sub-disciplines of ethics
* Ethical challenges in digitalized and global information and knowledge societies
* Effects of technological change on work life balance and family

recommended or required reading

Heesen J. (publisher); Handbuch Medien- und Informationsethik; Stuttgart; 2016
Davisson A., Booth P. (publisher); Controversies in Digital Ethics; New York; 2016
Ess C.; Digital Media Ethics; Cambridge; 2014

assessment methods and criteria


language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Dr. Georg Gasser Mag. Gregor Tögel

year of study

2. study year

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable