The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions promotes innovative teaching. Our faculty teaches professional ethics courses at IIT in the areas of architecture, business, engineering, and industrial culture and assists faculty at other universities to prepare for teaching professional ethics and to develop courses and programs.

Ethics Across The Curriculum

CSEP's Ethics Across the Curriculum project, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, prepares instructors to integrate ethics in ordinary courses. The project includes workshops for IIT faculty, professional society representatives concerned with continuing education, and faculty from other institutions.

Ethics Bowl

Started in 1993 by Center Fellow Robert Ladenson, the Ethics Bowl has become a major tool for engaging students in issues of practical and professional ethics. The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics now hosts the annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, a competition that involves students from around 150 different colleges nationwide, and the Center continues to use the format of the Ethics Bowl in workshops, classes, and summer programs both on and off campus. The Center has organized competitions for both undergraduate and high school students, and are happy to share some of our experiences with universities, schools or other organizations interested in the Ethics Bowl.

Ethics in IPROS

Beginning in Spring 2010, the Center has worked closely with IIT’s IPRO program to develop a series of ethics modules that help students address the many ethical questions that arise in their course of research. This includes issues of intellectual property and privacy, working with project sponsors and local communities, and issues of product safety, transparency, and how to effectively work in multidisciplinary groups.

Looking for Help? 

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions works with teachers both on and off campus to develop successful strategies for introducing ethics into existing courses, workshops, and programs from high school students all the way up to professionals in the field. If you are interested in having the Center help plan an event for your organization, please feel free to contact us at 312.567.3017, or by email at csep@iit.edu.