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Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Curriculum


Combining computer science with philosophy.

Harvard University researchers hope to make ethical considerations a component of computer science education.

Credit: Judy Blomquist/Harvard University

Harvard University researchers hope to make ethical considerations a key component of computer science (CS) education.

Harvard's Barbara Grosz and collaborators have devised a model that taps the expertise of the philosophy department and integrates it into more than 12 CS courses.

The model couples philosophy graduate students with CS faculty, who review course material and select an ethically rich subject that arises naturally from the content; a graduate student identifies readings and assembles a case study, activities, and assignments that reinforce the material.

Microsoft Research's Mary Gray said, "Our challenge in industry is to help researchers and practitioners not see ethics as a box that has to be checked at the end, but rather to think about these things from the very beginning of a project."

From The Harvard Gazette
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