Title: Ethics Education in Computer Science: The Embedded EthiCS Approach
Presented By: Jeff Behrends, Harvard University
While scholarship on integrating ethical content into Computer Science curricula dates at least to the 1980s, recent moral crises in the tech industry have given rise to a period of intense interest in ethics education for computer scientists, both within academia and among the public at large. There can be little doubt at this point that a responsible education in computer science should equip students with some set of ethical knowledge and skills. But identifying precisely what that set ought to look like, and then designing a feasible curriculum to achieve it, are difficult tasks for a variety of reasons. At Harvard University, the Embedded EthiCS program marries the expertise from the faculty of Computer Science and Philosophy in an attempt to provide meaningful educational outcomes for students without significant investments in time for Computer Science faculty members, or a disruptive restructuring of the Computer Science curriculum. This talk will explain the basic structure of the program, and address its early successes and challenges.
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