Kennedy Institute of Ethics



This class will combine traditional lecture, discussion, and assignments with project based learning.  In partnership with the CIO of Georgetown, students in this course will work in teams to produce real world projects including prototyping a new policy for the use of student data at Georgetown.


  • 3 short (2-3 page) analytic papers: 40%
  • Research-based Persona or Concept Map: 15%
  • Team Project Portfolio: 30% (team-based but individual grades, inclusive of presentation, final artifacts, and individual reflection)
  • Participation (includes attendance, active engagement and contribution, and in-class reflection papers): 15%

Blog Posts

Students will write 2 blog posts as a part of their active engagement with the course. These posts should be approximately 250 words and should engage with a central idea/challenge/insight connected to this course and your work on the projects. One post will be due before spring break, the second will be due before the last day of class. The choice of topics is open provided it contains a meaningful engagement with the course.

Email your post to Elizabeth and include in your email: (1) any image you want associated with the post; and (2) which week prompted the post, so that it can be included in the relevant week.


Required Texts

Saul Levmore and Martha C. Nussbaum, eds. The Offensive Internet (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010)

Michael Patrick Lynch, The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data (New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016)


Academic Integrity: Georgetown’s academic integrity policy governs every assignment in the course. Plagiarism (submitting for credit work you did not do yourself) or any form of cheating is unacceptable. Students will receive a zero on assignments that violate Georgetown’s academic integrity policy.

Disability Services: All students are entitled to equal access to the programs and activities at Georgetown University. If you require any special accommodations to enable you to complete this course please schedule a meeting with The Academic Resource Center. In addition to speaking with someone at the Resource Center, please come see Maggie and Elizabeth to discuss your situation so that we can best help you succeed in this course.

Electronics: Computers, tablets, and cell phones may not be used during class.

Attendance: Unexcused absence for more than one class session may result in failure of the course.


Georgetown Policy on Survey of Students:  permission is required for any proposed survey of 100 students or more.  Details at