Q: Do I have to pay summer tuition to participate?

A: No; because the class includes a final project due in September, it is listed as a Fall semester class. Therefore, it only impacts your tuition costs if you are not registered as a full-time student in the Fall. Similarly, the class will apply toward Fall credit limits, rather than Summer.


Q: I'm going to be on the West Coast/in India/in Australia/working full time, so my schedule will be constrained. Will I still be able to participate?

A: We welcome applications from students all over the world and with all different schedules. Accommodating everyone’s schedules so that no one is excluded is a top priority for the class. We will consider a wide variety of discussion group times and do our very best to make sure that every student is assigned to a discussion group that fits their schedule.


Q: How will the course be held?

A: In Summer 2021, we expect that the course will be held virtually. Pending public health circumstances and MIT guidelines, some in-person sections or events may be possible for participants in the Cambridge/Boston area. Enrolled students will receive information about how to connect to the class sessions prior to the start of the class. Though it will be facilitated online, the course is built around a small group structure with dedicated group facilitators and is therefore highly interactive. 


Q: How will the course be graded?

A: The class is set up for standard A-F grading. The grade will be computed based on attendance and participation (50%), short weekly assignments (20%), and a final project (30%).


Q: What can/will the course count for?

A: The class is listed in the Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy and can count toward general elective credit. We’re working to evaluate whether the class can count for other purposes, but we unfortunately can’t confirm other credit uses at this time. However, the class is a great opportunity to get a taste of ethics material to help you consider future courses in this area, such as HASS electives.


Q: What is the final project like?

A: The final project for this class is highly flexible, both in terms of format and in terms of topic. We will provide you with a variety of format options (e.g., a 2000-word essay, a website, an interview and commentary, a series of vlogs, etc.) You are also welcome to propose your own format. We encourage you to connect your final project to something you are working on or experiencing during the summer—an internship, UROP, or independent project, for example. However, the topic is ultimately up to you, pending approval by your teaching fellow. For examples of past final projects, see here.