Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Oct 28, 2021  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGRG 3600 - Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice

(crosslisted) ECE 3600 , STS 3601 
Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: completion of one First Year Writing Seminar (FWS). Enrollment open to: sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

P. Doing.

Studies ethical issues involved in engineering practice. Explores the engineer’s role in technical decision-making in organizations. Considers the engineer’s relationship to the uses of technology in society, especially emerging technologies. Case studies covered include the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Space Shuttle Columbia, The Macondo Well Blowout, The Ford Pinto Case, The VW Emissions scandal, the Tesla Automatic Driving accident, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, and the Bhopal case, among others. Technology topics considered include brain-machine interface, human enhancement, genetic engineering, intelligent autonomous systems, privacy and surveillance, energy technologies, and environmental issues, among others. Codes of ethics in engineering, ethical theory, philosophical models of knowledge production, and sociological models of human and technological agency are introduced to analyze these issues.

Outcome 1: Understand current conceptions of engineering ethics.

Outcome 2: Have an appreciation for philosophical/sociological models underlying analyses of engineering practice.

Outcome 3: Understand the implications of (2) for considerations of engineering ethics.

Outcome 4: Be versed in the historical and technical details of particular episodes in engineering (Space Shuttle Challenger, Columbia, Ford Pinto…), current events (VW case, Tesla case…), and emerging technologies (brain-machine interface, gene editing, intelligent autonomous systems…).

Outcome 5: Be able to communicate in writing effective, compelling arguments supported by evidence.

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