Courses

blog_political-epistemology-workshop.jpg
 

All of our courses are centered around moving theory to practice. We do this through non-traditional exercises throughout the semester, and team-based capstone projects called ‘Ethics in Action,’ which grapple with real-world problem sets and involve building creative interventions with feedback from real-world specialists working in the sector of focus.

The courses we develop and teach equip the next generation of technologists, policymakers, and citizens to gain the knowledge and strong ethical foundation necessary to understand and influence the future as they enter the workforce.

 

AY 2019-2020 Courses

Screen Shot 2019-09-17 at 9.04.23 PM.png

Data Ethics
Mark Hanin

Big data is revolutionizing practices in commerce, education, policing, national security, and medicine. Rapid advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence ensure that the pace and scope of change will only accelerate. Students conclude this course with an actionable commitment to the responsible use of Big Data, understanding how to balance the social goods that harnessing this revolution promises against pressing ethical concerns.

impact_pharma.jpg

New for 2019 — Introduction to Bioethics
Maggie Little

Issues in health and medicine are central to human progress -- and our understanding of what it is to be human in the first place. Should biotech help craft “perfect” humans? Whose conception of perfect matters? How can health care professionals help patients at their most vulnerable? Students engage with critical concepts of trust, risk, autonomy, and questioning the “normal,” to develop new understandings and ideas for how best to care for humanity.

socmeddem_guest.jpg

New for 2019 — Political Epistemology
Elizabeth Edenberg

As current events around the world illustrate daily, epistemological issues are at the center of our political lives. Our political discourse is saturated with epistemic notions like ‘post-truth,’ ‘expertise,’ ‘trust,’ ‘fake news,’ ‘echo chambers,’ and ‘information cascades.’ Students investigate the contemporary context of such questions, defining the role that truth should play in politics and the multiple threats that misinformation pose to democracy.

 
socmeddem_zuck empathy map.JPG

Social Media & Democracy
Marcello Antosh

Big data is revolutionizing practices in commerce, education, policing, national security, and medicine. Rapid advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence ensure that the pace and scope of change will only accelerate. Students conclude this course with an actionable commitment to the responsible use of Big Data, understanding how to balance the social goods that harnessing this revolution promises against pressing ethical

lab.jpg

Climate Change and Global Justice
Marcello Anotosh

Big data is revolutionizing practices in commerce, education, policing, national security, and medicine. Rapid advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence ensure that the pace and scope of change will only accelerate. Students conclude this course with an actionable commitment to the responsible use of Big Data, understanding how to balance the social goods that harnessing this revolution promises against pressing ethical

maggie-quote.jpg

"In Ethics Lab, we're offering innovative courses in data ethics, democracy and technology. The student demand is through the roof because they are keenly feeling the need to get some guidance, exposure, vocabulary and tools to deal with the ethical issues that they're going to face when they leave Georgetown.”

Maggie Little, Director, Ethics Lab