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About the Center

Mission

To educate students as responsible professionals, to reflect on the wider implications of scientific progress, and to contribute to the shaping of technology in accordance with fundamental human values.

Vision

CSEP will be an internationally connected ethics center with a focus on professional and applied ethics, integrating ethics education into the colleges and departments of Illinois Tech, engaging in research and public dialogue at a local and global level.

We seek to:

  • Enhance the distinctive education offered to Illinois Tech students by working with faculty from all the different colleges and departments at IIT to help meaningfully integrate ethics into their educational programs – from the undergraduate to the graduate level.
  • Promote innovative teaching by developing new pedagogical approaches and content in a wide variety of formats from the semester-long ethics course to shorter lessons, workshops or other formats.
  • Establish a strong research program in ethics in the life sciences and in ethical and societal issues of emerging technologies.
  • Build on the already existing unique CSEP collection of codes of ethics, expand and internationalize the collection to make it the basis for future research on codes of ethics.
  • Be a strong participant in debates on ethical and societal implications of science and technology in the Chicago area, nationwide and internationally.

Research and Practice

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Profession's research program focuses on ethics in the life sciences and ethical and societal issues of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on philosophical and ethical aspects of neuroscience. The Ethics Center is committed to multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research, to projects that combine empirical investigation with conceptual analysis, and to projects that introduce and propagate innovations in teaching. Furthermore, the Ethics Center Library houses a unique collection of ethics codes from all over the world and a large collection of ethics education materials.

Externally funded projects enable CSEP to conduct interdisciplinary research involving practitioners, as well as academics from Illinois Tech and other institutions. Topics CSEP has addressed include  ways in which the brain and behavioral sciences might provide insight into moral and philosophical questions, intellectual property protection for science and technology, national security restrictions on the dissemination of scientific and technical information, responsible research and innovation in science, university/industry research relationships, organizational development, ethics in vocational education, and individual and collective responsibility in engineering. For more information on CSEP's activities, please visit the Research and Teaching sections of our web site.

CSEP assists professional societies in developing and revising codes of ethics and presenting ethics programs. It also conducts ethics workshops for business, trade associations, and city governments. The Center maintains the Ethics Codes Collection, the world's largest online collection of codes of ethics and ethical guidelines including around 4,000 codes from professional organizations, businesses, government agencies, and other institutions.

The Center is always looking for new projects and collaborations, so please contact us if you are interested in working together.