The MIT Case Studies series in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC) is meant to function in a modular way. Instructors might choose to select one or more cases for use in an existing course; or they might cluster several cases together to support a broader module within a course; or they might use the cases as a starting point to design new courses that focus squarely on SERC themes.
Authors of commissioned case studies need not have any affiliation with MIT. Each case study submission is reviewed by four to six reviewers, drawn largely from the MIT SERC Case Studies Editorial Board. For each case, half the reviewers come from fields in computing and data sciences and half from fields in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, to ensure balance of topics and presentation within a given case study and across the series. In addition, most case study submissions are reviewed by undergraduate volunteers, who help the Series Editor gauge balance, accessibility for students in multiple fields of study, and possibilities for adoption in specific courses.
New sets of case studies are published twice per year.
The Series Editor will actively commission updates of individual cases following periodic review, to ensure that cases remain current and relevant even as technologies, use patterns, and legal frameworks continue to evolve.
If you have suggestions for a new case study or comments on a published case, the Series Editor would like to hear from you! Please contact the editors at [email protected]