Introduction

The 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (4TU.Ethics) is a research centre, but our members are also very active in teaching, where the results of research can be transferred to the public domain (i.e. public institutions, industry, institutions of higher education). Here are some examples of the involvement of our members in education (see also the items in the menu on top):

PhD and Master Programme in Ethics and Technology

The 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology offers a graduate program in Ethics and Technology leading to a PhD or master’s degree in the area of ethics of technology. In our graduate programme, ethics, a humanities subject, is linked with technology, a subject of the engineering sciences. The aim of the programme is to study ethical issues in the development, use and regulation of technology, in close collaboration with the engineering sciences, and to a lesser extent the social sciences. The programme is predicated on an increasing need for responsible innovation in society, and a growing demand for graduates in ethics of technology.

 

Some of the central research questions in the programme are: How can we see to it that newly emerging and converging technologies and infrastructures express our considered moral judgments and widely endorsed public values? How can we assess our technology in the light of public moral values like sustainability, user autonomy, safety, privacy, accountability, democracy and quality of life? What role should public actors play in decision making about technological risks in design? And how are our norms and values affected themselves by technological developments?

 

Research themes include the requirements for responsible innovation, the possibility of value-sensitive design, ethical parallel research (ethical investigations in close collaboration with programmes of technological development), ethical technology assessment, the ethics of technological risks, the anthropology and ethics of human-technology relations, and many others. Technologies covered include information and communication technology, biomedical technology, nanotechnology, industrial design, environmental technology, architecture and urban planning, neuro- and cognitive technology, military technology, and others.

 

Master Programme

4TU.Ethics offers a specialization in Ethics and Technology within the master programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS), a programme offered by the University of Twente. This two-year master programme offers a broad introduction to philosophical, ethical, sociological and historical studies of science and technology in the first year. After this first year, students can choose to enter the Ethics and Technology Track. This track offers students in-depth specialization courses in the ethics of technology, and is completed with a master’s thesis. Next to a possible specialization in ethics and technology, the PSTS master programme also offers several other specializations. For more information, see under Education / PSTS Master program/.

 

PhD Programme

The PhD Programme in Ethics and Technology offers specialized training in the area of ethics and technology, leading to a PhD degree. The programme is offered by 4TU.Ethics, in collaboration with the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics of Oxford University, the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Practical Ethics in Australia; and the Philosophy Unit at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. PhD students in the programme have the opportunity to spend part of their PhD studies at one of these three institutions. For more information, see under Education / PhD programme/.

Ethics Courses for Engineering Students at Bachelor and Master Level

Many of our members teach ethics to engineering students at the bachelor or master level at one of the three universities of technology involved in 4TU.Ethics.