ESD.932 Engineering Ethics

Spring 2006

Photo of abandoned house.
The Love Canal toxic waste site, with its long history of health effects, cleanup efforts, and eventual relocation of all residents, is one of the case studies considered in this course. (Photograph courtesy of U.S. EPA.)

Course Highlights

This course features audio lectures from most class sessions.

Course Description

This course introduces the theory and the practice of engineering ethics using a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach. Theory includes ethics and philosophy of engineering. Historical cases are taken primarily from the scholarly literatures on engineering ethics, and hypothetical cases are written by students. Each student will write a story by selecting an ancestor or mythic hero as a substitute for a character in a historical case. Students will compare these cases and recommend action.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp3.

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate