The IT Profession

The IT Profession

Course Overview

This course focuses on a big-picture overview of the economic and social role of IT professionals. IT professionals are a strategic workforce in the US and in every other technologically developed economy but do not have a strong sense of collective professional identity. How have other technical professions (e.g. mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineers) historically developed a collective sense of professional identity and obligation, and in what ways are IT workers similar to and different from them? In what ways are IT professionals designers, and what does this imply about their broader social and professional obligations?

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