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PHILOS 251. Ethics of Engineering and Technology. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to engineering ethics. It aims to acquaint students with major ethical theories and to enable students to acquire ethical reasoning skills. The overall objective is the acquisition of professional ethical integrity as a professional engineer. To achieve this objective, major ethical theories are explored and possible ethical dilemmas that arise in a career in engineering are addressed, with the aim of providing personally and ethically satisfying solutions to such dilemmas. This course consists of three parts. First, professional ethical engineering codes will be carefully studied. Second, major ethical theories---among them, utilitarianism, Kant’s ethical theory, Aristotle’s ethical theory, and Natural Law Ethics---will be explored, and their relations to professional ethical engineering codes and the ethical practice of engineering carefully determined. Third, real-life cases of ethical dilemmas that have arisen in the practice of engineering will be scrutinized, with students providing an analysis and evaluation of such cases.
Spring.