This course is offered in the Spring Semester
The planned schedule is one session per week (2 hours/week)
Dates: March-June 2021
Estimated workload: 20 hours of lectures plus recommended readings
Equivalence in credits: 2 ECTS
Registration is closed
All human activities have implications on our society. Professional exercise in engineering, being a researcher or running innovation projects imply making decisions that are not exclusively technical, they involve ethical considerations.
Theoretical sessions are complemented with numerous examples and study cases.
Well known and recent study cases will be used as the basis of the lectures. With the discussion of the cases theoretical concepts will be presented.
Ethics. Introduction and theoretical approaches.
Moral behaviour, psychological aspects, common principles.
Ethics in the profession of engineering.
Character and practical wisdom.
Moral responsibility of the engineer.
Ethics in making professional decisions.
Responsibility for safety and health.
Respect for persons.
Respect to people’s privacy and intimacy.
The right use of Technology.
Research and Innovation.
Attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.
Attendance is required to receive credit for the course
(requirements: minimum 60% of sessions and active participation in the
Signatures of students will be collected during the session to demonstrate attendance.
MIRI students must deliver a discussion case at the end of the seminar.
Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research (2nd Edition)
Author: Caroline Whitbeck
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2011
Business Ethics in Action
Author: Domčnec Melé
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited (Red Globe Press) 2019