Engineering Ethics

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.)


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Spring 2006



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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.

Taft Broome. ESD.932 Engineering Ethics, Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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