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Ethics and Technology Minor

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The Ethics and Technology Minor exposes students to the moral complexity of new and emerging technological developments in our society, and encourages them to think critically about their impact on our shared future.

Topics that may be explored in a course of study include: algorithmic bias, data privacy, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, genetic engineering, biotechnology, entrepreneurial decision making, and more. More broadly, the Ethics and Technology Minor advances one of Stanford's long-range efforts to address the ethical implications and societal consequences of technological and scientific advances.
 
The Ethics and Technology Minor combines foundational courses in ethical reasoning with a diverse set of interdisciplinary courses from across the university, allowing students significant choice in tailoring their program to suit their interests.  For instance, a student with primary interests in data science could have the flexibility to choose up to three different courses in their focused area to supplement the foundational requirements.
 
A minor in Ethics in Society requires six courses for a minimum of 25 units.  All courses must be taken for a letter grade and be at least 3 unitsCourses credited to the Ethics in Society minor may not be double-counted toward major requirements.*
 
*Exception:  Majors in the Engineering School may double-count CS 182/CS 182W for their Technology in Society requirement.

Requirements

The requirements for the Ethics and Technology Minor are outlined below:

Three Foundational Courses

  1. CS 182 or CS 182W / ETHICSOC 182 (Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change) – 5 units*
  2. ETHICSOC 20 (Introduction to Moral Philosophy) or ETHICSOC 171 (Justice) – 4-5 units
  3. One ETHICSOC elective at the 100-level or above – 4-5 units

*Note:  CS 182 was previously listed as CS 181 in Winter 2018.

Three Ethics and Technology Electives

Students are required to supplement the foundational courses with three additional electives from the list below.  These courses cover various topics in technology, human values, and social innovation from an interdisciplinary perspective and are drawn from across the university.  The list is updated regularly and students are invited to petition the program director to add a course that is not currently listed and coheres with the aims of the minor.
 

Courses must be 3 units or more to fulfill the minor requirement.

To apply:

You can acess the application here. Please submit your application to Pam Goodman at pgoodman@stanford.edu and feel free to reach out to her for more information.  Please note that submitting an application is required before declaring the minor in axess.

The list below does not currently display the complete list of offerings. Please check back at a later time. For a full list of eligible courses, please visit this page.
 
For previous Ethics and Technology offerings, click here.
Title Instructor(s) Quarter Day, Time, Location
ANTHRO 132C
Technology and Inequality (CSRE 132C)
Fullwiley, D. 2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
BIOE 122
BioSecurity and Pandemic Resilience (EMED 122, EMED 222, PUBLPOL 122, PUBLPOL 222)
Trounce, M. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
COMM 124
Truth, Trust, and Tech (COMM 224)
Hancock, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 80Q
Race and Gender in Silicon Valley (AFRICAAM 80Q)
Lee, C. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 152
Trust and Safety Engineering
Stamos, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 184
Bridging Policy and Tech Through Design (PUBLPOL 170)
Ullman, J. 2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
ENGR 148
Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions (ENGR 248)
Fuchs, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday
1:00pm - 3:50pm
Remote
ENGR 148
Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions (ENGR 248)
Fuchs, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday
4:00pm - 6:50pm
Remote
GENE 104Q
Law and the Biosciences
Greely, H. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
HISTORY 202F
Surveillance States and Societies (HISTORY 302F)
Weiner, A. 2020-2021 Spring
HUMBIO 174
Foundations of Bioethics
Magnus, D. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
INTLPOL 221
Politics of Data: Algorithmic Culture, Big Data, and Information Waste
Edwards, P. 2020-2021 Winter
Remote
INTLPOL 253
AI and Rule of Law: A Global Perspective
Engstrom, D., Schaake, M. 2020-2021 Spring
INTLPOL 268
Hack Lab
Pfefferkorn, R., Stamos, A. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
ME 267
Ethics and Equity in Transportation Systems
Zoepf, S., Casey, B., Gerdes, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
MED 73N
Scientific Method and Bias
Ioannidis, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
5:30pm - 6:50pm
MS&E 193
Technology and National Security: Past, Present, and Future (INTLPOL 256, MS&E 293)
Felter, J., Olney, R., Lin, H., Chen, C., Rincon, V., Girbal, R., Crespo, E., Wieland, C., Lu, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
MS&E 234
Data Privacy and Ethics
Ugander, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
MS&E 254
The Ethical Analyst
Nesbitt, D. 2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
MS&E 296
Technology, Innovation and Modern War: Keeping America's Edge in an Era of Great Power Competition (INTLPOL 340)
Felter, J., Blank, S. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
Remote
MS&E 330
Law, Order, & Algorithms (CS 209, CSRE 230, SOC 279)
Goel, S. 2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
PHIL 20N
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
Etchemendy, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Remote
PHIL 60
Introduction to Philosophy of Science (HPS 60)
Spencer, L., Longino, H. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
POLISCI 114S
International Security in a Changing World
Trinkunas, H., Mastro, O. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
PSYC 240
Designing for the 2 Billion: Leading Innovation in Mental Health
Chan, S., Vasan, N., Aragam, G., Chaudhary, N. 2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
4:30pm - 6:20pm
PUBLPOL 103F
Ethics of Truth in a Post-Truth World (PUBLPOL 203F)
Liautaud, S. 2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
12:30pm - 3:20pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 134
Ethics on the Edge: Business, Non-Profit Organizations, Government, and Individuals (PUBLPOL 234)
Kelly, G., O'Keefe, A., Liautaud, S. 2020-2021 Spring
Monday
8:30am - 10:20am
Remote
STS 1
The Public Life of Science and Technology (CSRE 1T)
Edwards, P. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
STS 190
Environment and Society
Sato, K. 2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote