Ethics in Theory and Practice

At the Institute for Ethics in Technology, our pedagogical approach emphasises that the ethical implications of technology are not merely theoretical considerations, but real-world imperatives that demand equally practical solutions. Our teaching philosophy is innovative and hands-on, merging the depth of theoretical frameworks in moral philosophy with contemporary case studies in technology, i.e. those that students are likely to encounter in their later tech-related, professional careers. We place a high value on interactive learning experiences, inviting students to engage in spirited debates, team projects, and problem-solving exercises that bridge the gap between academic inquiry and practical application.

Teaching Ethics and Mountaineering

Our teaching approach is considerably inspired by this quotation from Martin.


I tell my students that philosophy is an activity that they can learn only by doing. (…) Struggling through a difficult primary text is like climbing a mountain – and if I were teaching them mountaineering, they would feel cheated if all I did was to show them pictures of the view from the summit, and describe the wrong routes taken by other mountaineers. They need to get their boots on, and work up a sweat.”

(Martin, P. (2008). Key Aspects of Teaching and Learning in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In: H. Fry (Ed.), Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, p. 311)


We are convinced that learning philosophy and ethics requires active effort as well as the freedom to follow one’s own compass. Accordingly, we see our role as teachers as that of a facilitator, or to continue the metaphor, as that of an experienced mountaineer. A teacher should encourage students to put on their boots and follow the route they chose for themselves, but also actively assist them by providing the knowledge and tools required to master their route. In our teaching, we strive to be such an assistant to students, pass on to them our own enthusiasm about ethics, and equip them for the complex challenges they may face later.


Over all, our leading ideal at TUHH is that of the ‘responsible enginneer’, a person who can combine technical proficiency with the capacity for ethical reflection. We want to help our students to acquire this double qualification and prepare them to be interdisciplinary team players and leaders.

For Students

Write Your Thesis With us

We welcome students from various technology disciplines to pursue their Bachelor or Master theses with us, provided they meet the following requirements:

  • Candidates must have completed at least one undergraduate or graduate class that focused on ethics, art, media theory, or other discipline related to the Institute and their thesis plans, with a grade of '2.3' or higher (if applicable).
  • In the absence of graded formal coursework, candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in ethics or one of the related fields by submitting a written statement of 1-2 pages. This statement should outline their engagement with the topic of their choice, which may include self-directed reading, participation in relevant workshops or seminars, or involvement in related projects. In addition, the statement should also outline a proposed topic for the envisaged thesis.
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with their programme coordinator so that the thesis will build on their previous knowledge and provide the way to their future success.
  • Theses can be written in either German or English.


Join Our Team

The Institute for Ethics in Technology is always on the lookout for dedicated tutors and student assistants to join our team. As a tutor, you'll play a vital role in enhancing our lectures and seminars through organisational support and peer learning facilitation, while student assistants can engage in a variety of tasks ranging from administrative duties at the institute to participating in cutting-edge research projects. Don't miss this opportunity to contribute and learn. If you’re interested, get in touch with us today:


Tell us what you think

We at the Institute firmly believe that the perspectives of our students are crucial for achieving excellence in teaching. Your feedback on existing or past classes, suggestions for future course formats, or any other innovative ideas are immensely valuable to us. We encourage you to share your thoughts and help shape the future of our educational offerings. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with your insights and ideas – your voice matters and can make a real difference in our academic community!