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Towards an Ethical Digital Society

This course views sustainability as an integral part of software and aims to define a method that helps inform sustainability-driven design decisions.

Despite the growing concern with sustainability around the world, we currently lack the instruments to design digital solutions, particularly sustainable software solutions. 

The method relies on ‘decision maps,’ which can frame the architectural design concerns surrounding four types of sustainability - technical, economic, social, and environmental.

The course will teach students how to identify sustainability-related concerns in interdisciplinary projects, model them in ‘decision maps’ and reflect on the sustainability impact of decisions made during such projects concerning the various types of sustainability. 

Students will get the most out of this course if they can bring their own project. If this isn’t possible, we will provide a project to allow students to explore and develop their own personal sustainability framework.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this online course, students will be able to:

• Understand the notion of sustainability and its impact over time.

• Apply sustainability analysis to a concrete project, develop critical thinking skills.

• Quantify and qualify sustainability impacts and the role of design decisions in an interdisciplinary context.

prof. dr. Patricia Lago

prof. dr. Patricia Lago

Patricia Lago is Professor of Software Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she leads the Software and Sustainability (S2) research group in the Computer Science Department. Her research is in software architecture, software and service design, software quality assessment and software sustainability.

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