Issues: Social Responsibility at MIT
A list [PDF] of MIT courses with particular relevance to social responsibility (compiled January, 2007).
Get the same list in brochure format [PDF]; print double-sided with the binding option set to the short side.
In designing a missile guidance system, modifying a virus's genetic code, or studying the geophysics of oil exploration, should students consider, in parallel, the societal ramifications of their work? Surely the scientist and engineer have a responsibility both to truth and to society for which the truth is being sought. Surely we are more than mere cogs in the machine.
One of many avenues to expand the ethical consciousness of scientists and engineers is to impart necessary skills while they are students. MIT Student Pugwash and many others at MIT think more effort should be devoted to this task by MIT. What we seek is not theoretical nor academic ethics per se, although they are certainly worthy pursuits. Instead we wish to emphasize practical, applied ethics, pertaining directly to students' scientific and design challenges.
- OnlineEthics.org: Undergrad Education in Practical Ethics
- The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
- Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
- National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE)
- Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics
- Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics (CAAE) at Carnegie Mellon
A pledge to social responsibility.
What research at MIT has social responsibility in mind? Should we list your work? Here's a sampling:
- AID Boston
- Best Buddies
- Circle K
- Design for Change
- The Educational Studies Program
- MIT ACCESS
- Alternative Spring Break
- MIT American Red Cross Team And Network
- MIT Amnesty International
- MIT Cancer Society
- MIT Graduate Student Volunteer Corps
- MIT Hunger Action Group
- MIT Student Information Processing Board
- Habitat for Humanity
- MIT Public Service Center
- Students for Global Sustainability
- United Trauma Relief