Cyber Ethics

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Course Description

The cyberspace permeates all dimensions of our contemporary life. It influences the way we travel, the way we remain in connection with others, communicate and harvest information, and ultimately how we organise our business and private lives. Who are we as humans amidst the cyberspace? 


Programme Applied Ethics
Course Code 3114
Starting date: 15 September 2020
Duration 13 weeks 
Study Method Distance learning
Language: English

This online course addresses the salient ethical questions in relation to security, technologies and artificial intelligence, freedom and responsible citizenship, economics and bullying and protection of the vulnerable, religion, governance and democratic participation. The units include reading and study material of high actuality. Participants will benefit of full and free access to the online library with a plethora of publications in several collection areas of applied ethics. The course is based on the publication: 'Cyber Ethics 4.0: Serving Humanity with Values' written by Christoph Stückelberger and Pavan Duggal, and willl be accompanied by two high profiled and experienced course instructors.


Key learning outcomes

  • Recognize the main ethical aspects in cyber environment.
  • Apply ethics, core values to all decisions that are made within cyber space.
  • Analyze cyber space management approaches and models from the ethical perspective.
  • Create new principles of behavior in cyber space that meet global ethical principles and rules.

Job prospects

Successful participants habitually work in public or private professional sectors. Cyber ethics is considered as one of the few key competences decisive for all professional development initiatives and is considered as one of the key assets for employability.

Course contributors

Christoph Stückelberger
Prof. Dr, Prof. of Global Ethics in Switzerland, Nigeria, Russia,
China and book editor
Pavan Duggal Pavan Duggal
Honorary Chancellor of Cyberlaw University and book editor
Svetlana Mitereva
Module developer

Course teachers

Arend van Campen
Arend van Campen
Manager at TankTerminalTraining - Cybernetician
Researcher at and
Gilles Bach Gilles Bach
Trilingual Consultant in the Data, AI, IoT space - Digital & Core Transformation - Innovation


Qualification Awarded

Certificate of Completion upon fulfilment of all qualification requirements, in particular the final assignments. A certificate supplement with the indication of the achieved learning outcomes according to the syllabus and the area of the submitted final assignment can be established.



Module 1

Cyberspace and the fourth industrial revolution (4.0). Definitions, dimensions

Module 2

Cyber Ethics definition of ethics, specificities and dimensions of cyber ethics, values and virtues. Ethics for IT Workers and IT Users.

Module 3

Cyber Technologies and Ethics I: AI - Artificial Intelligence

Module 4

Cyber Technologies and Ethics II: Fintech, Blockchain

Module 5

Cyber Media: freedom, dignity, citizens responsibility, net neutrality

Module 6

Cyber Economy and Ethics: driving economic powers

Module 7

Cyber Security I: Cyber Crime and Ethics

Module 8

Cyber Security II: Secret Services and Ethics

Module 9

Cyber Peace: Autonomous weapons and ethics

Module 10

Cyber Protection of the vulnerable: Health, Bullying, Children

Module 11

Cyber Religion: Datasm as Religion

Module 12

Cyber Law and Governance and Ethics: Voluntary values and legally binding norms. International conventions

Module 13 Conclusions Cyber Ethics: 10 core values and virtues for Cyber Ethics


Registration and Fees

This offers unlimited access to the course, resources and learning activities. 
  Certification Track


Downloadable course content
Final quiz
Certificate of completion
Registration Fee
   Special fee for Consortium Members
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Entry Requirements

The registration for this online course is organised according to the enrolment regulations and the policy on entry requirements of in accordance with the official course programme documentation as approved and made public by the institution's governing bodies. 

Specific Accreditation of Prior Learning Arrangements

In this online course lays particular emphasis on the practical professional experiences participants bring into the learning journey. Teaching and/or administrative experiences in higher education institutions are considered as assets for participation. Experiential learning of this type will be treated as part of's Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as outlined in its official documentation, in particular in its Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) handbook and in the corresponding policy document. The policy document explains the procedure and criteria for recognition.    


Qualification Requirements and Regulations

In order to obtain the qualification awarded at the end of the module, participants have to complete the module according to the syllabus and fulfill all requirements, in particular they will have to submit a final written assignment and a final online discussion forum contribution.    

Qualification Level

This module is a full online study module for graduates, professionals and other executives working in various professional sectors. The module corresponds to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 4/Level 5, and is comparable to the level of a Swiss Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS).    

Access to Further Studies

Successful participants of this module are eligible for further studies in the online qualifications pathway leading, upon completion of all three online modules, to an Executive Certificate of Ethics in Higher Education, CSR and Sustainability for Professionals in Higher Education.
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