- To comprehend key ethical issues affecting contemporary engineering
- To discover and apply skills in ethical analysis and evaluation
- To evaluate at length key arguments regarding ethics and the environment
The aim of the course is to help students develop knowledge of, and insight into, ethical implications of chemical engineering in society and the professional responsibility of chemical engineers. The course will cover ethical aspects of professionalism, focusing on the particular implications of these for engineers, and develop practical skills for moral reasoning and responsible behaviour. The course will emphasise issues related to professional responsibility, the purpose of business, codes of conduct, whistle-blowing and sustainability. It will emphasize the role of the engineers, and their ability to make ethically problematic decisions that directly influence society.|
After taking this course, students will have a developed knowledge of key ethical concerns in engineering, be equipped with a core understanding of philosophical concepts in ethical analysis, and be able to engage critically in public debate. As well as debating issues in class, students will provide written work focusing on core issues of engineering ethics, detailing the nature of the issue, those affected, and means of mitigating legitimate concerns.