African ethics for enhancing soft skills in young IT professionals in Southern Africa

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As part of their curriculum in becoming Information Technology graduates, IT students are introduced to ethical theories to better guide their professional conduct. Proponents of African ethics believe that ICT development cannot rely wholly on western philosophies to solve problems unique to the African continent and thus, it is imperative to include local ideals. However, another compelling argument for including African ethics is that fostering greater reflection on the topic is likely to promote appreciation for cultural diversity, a soft skills-related challenge that is particularly prominent when it comes to working in teams comprising members hailing from different corners of the world. This paper describes how African ethics is introduced to an existing ethics module, reporting on common themes observed from student feedback. Students are thus made more self-aware of recurring themes that represent typical soft skill strengths and challenges when it comes to teamwork in a Southern African context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IST-Africa Week Conference, IST-Africa 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781905824571
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2017
Event2017 IST-Africa Week Conference, IST-Africa 2017 - Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: 31 May 20172 Jun 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IST-Africa Week Conference, IST-Africa 2017


Conference2017 IST-Africa Week Conference, IST-Africa 2017


  • African ethics
  • Education
  • IT professionalism
  • Soft skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Development
  • Education
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies


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