Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Woods College of Advancing Studies

Spring 2018 Conference

Situating Moral Development in Applied Professions: 
The Role of Ethics in the Disciplines of Cybersecurity, Healthcare and Economics

April 18th, 2018 

Corcoran Commons
Heights Room, Boston Room, and Newton Room
Chestnut Hill, MA 


Call for Proposals

Call for Volunteers

The newly founded Applied Research Department at James Woods, S.J. College of Advancing Studies invites you to its inaugural conference.  

What can theorists and practitioners from Cybersecurity, Healthcare and Economics learn from each other’s work? What are the implications of such engagement for thought leadership in each respective discipline? What do these theorists and practitioners see as current ethical challenges and emerging trends to be considered and addressed? The main aim of this conference is to bring together experts from a range of disciplines to explore the varieties of moral development in the applied professions of Cybersecurity, Healthcare, and Economics, both within and across disciplinary boundaries, and to investigate the implications for the wider society.

What are the ethics of a ‘good’ practitioner in each profession? What are the implications of a disparity between professional and personal ethics? Can ethics be ascribed to collectives and institutions such as banks, hospitals, and cybersecurity providers? If so, what would an investment bank committed to ethical development look like? What are the dynamics between ethical development in the workplace and ethical development in the wider community? How relevant or irrelevant is political discourse across the disciplines of Cybersecurity, Healthcare, and Economics?

To what extent are the varieties of formal codes of conduct or ‘professional ethics’ designed to ensure effective and equitable practice, and to what extend protect end users such as clients and citizens from ineffective or unjust practice?

To what extend are varieties of professional ethics rooted in different conceptions of a single underlying ethical concept, and to what extent have they formed unified systems of thought and practice that end up shaping moral standards across the public sphere?