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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

An Ethical Decision-Making Framework


The Markkula Center’s Framework for Ethical Decision Making (which includes a brief discussion of what ethics is--and is not) is a quick way to prepare students to tackle different case studies, and gives structure to class discussions. We recommend printing out this framework and giving it to students as a handout for in-class discussions, so they can use it to apply its multiple ethics “lenses” as they consider various ethical issues in computing. 

A Framework for Ethical Decision-Making


The following short videos help introduce the framework and the moral lenses that it incorporates:

Framework for Ethical Decision Making (video)

Introduction to Moral Lenses and Their Use, Brian Green (video)


For more in-depth coverage of the various lenses, see Ethical Lenses for the Tech Landscape.