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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
19 minutes to complete

Introduction

This module offers a short introduction to the course. The lecture will show a video in which Micaela dos Ramos, executive director of KIVI (the largest professional association of engineers in the Netherlands), illustrates the relevance of ethics for engineers.

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1 video (Total 9 min), 1 reading
1 reading
Introduction10m
2 hours to complete

The responsibility of engineers

This module discusses the responsibility of engineers. We will investigate what exactly responsibility is, distinguishing between passive responsibility for things that happened in the past and active responsibility for things not yet attained. Furthermore, we will discuss the professional responsibility of engineers, examine the consequences for this responsibility, such as whistle-blowing and the application of the precautionary principle.

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2 videos (Total 19 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
2 videos
Challenger7m
4 readings
Responsibility10m
Active responsibility and the ideals of engineers10m
Whistle-blowing10m
Precautionary principle10m
6 practice exercises
Responsibility8m
Active responsibility and the ideals of engineers8m
Whistle-blowing6m
Precautionary principle4m
Challenger12m
Module test20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Codes of conduct

In this module, we discuss the role of codes of conduct in engineering. In particular, we focus on professional codes as they have been proposed by professional engineering societies and on corporate codes, as they have been formulated by companies. We discuss these two types of codes, their structure and their content, and a number of common objections that have been levelled against codes of conduct. This includes the problem that someone is acting according to the code, but that it may nevertheless lead to dismissal.

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1 video (Total 6 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
5 readings
Codes of conduct10m
Conflict of interest and loyalty10m
The first step astray10m
The Fundamental Canons of the Code of Ethics of the ASCE10m
The Dutch Construction fraud10m
6 practice exercises
Codes of conduct16m
Conflict of interest and loyalty4m
The first step aside10m
Construction fraud12m
Delay in Addressing Fire Code Violations2m
Module test20m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Normative ethics

In this module we will discuss some ethical theories that have been developed by various philosophers. Ethical theories help us to sort out our thinking and to develop a coherent and justifiable basis for dealing with moral questions. The role of ethical theories is to provide certain arguments or reasons for a moral judgment. They provide a normative framework for understanding and responding to moral problems, so improving ethical decision-making or, at least, avoiding certain shortcuts, such as neglecting certain relevant features of the problem or just stating an opinion without any justification. In this module we shall therefore introduce three of the most well-known ethical theories: consequentialism, duty ethics and virtue ethics. These theories each have their own criteria with which they determine whether an action is right or wrong. Before we go into these three theories we shall discuss what we mean by morality and ethics, and we shall look into the points of departure of ethics: values, norms, and virtues. These points of departure often recur in ethical theories.

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5 videos (Total 36 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
5 videos
The ethics of automated driving (part 1)3m
The ethics of automated driving (part 2)4m
The ethics of automated driving (part 3)3m
Indian trials and informed consent18m
4 readings
Ethics and morality10m
Utilitarianism10m
Kantian theory10m
Virtue ethics10m
6 practice exercises
Ethics and morality16m
Utilitarianism14m
Kantian theory14m
Virtue ethics12m
Informed consent16m
Module test40m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

The ethical cycle

Engineers will encounter in their professional life some difficult moral situations. Such situations call for moral judgment, using the tools we have introduced in the preceding modules. However, moral judgment is not a straightforward or linear process in which you simply apply ethical theories to find out what to do. Instead it is a process in which the formulation of the moral problem, the formulation of possible ‘solutions’, and the ethical judging of these solutions go hand in hand. This messy character of moral problems, however, does not rule out a systematic approach. In this module we describe a systematic approach to problem solving that does justice to the complex nature of moral problems and moral judgment: the ethical cycle. Our goal is to provide a structured method of addressing moral problems which helps to guide a sound analysis of these problems.

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1 video (Total 3 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
1 video
3 readings
Ethical cycle10m
The basic steps10m
Introduction10m
4 practice exercises
Ethical cycle4m
The basic steps4m
Dieselgate14m
Development of Computer Code2m

Instructor

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Lambèr Royakkers

Associate Professor
Eindhoven University of Technology

About Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research-driven, design-oriented university of technology with a strong international focus. The university was founded in 1956, and has around 8,500 students and 3,000 staff. TU/e has defined strategic areas focusing on the societal challenges in Energy, Health and Smart Mobility. The Brainport Eindhoven region is one of world’s smartest; it won the title Intelligent Community of the Year 2011....

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