During this course you will explore the ethical and social aspects and problems related to technology and to your future work as professional or manager in the design, development, management or control of technology.

You will be introduced to and make exercises with a range of relevant aspects and concepts, including professional codes, collective reasoning, philosophical ethics, collective decision making (public choice), ethical aspects of technological risks, responsibility within organisations, responsible conduct of companies and the role of law, and game theory as a tool for analyzing ethical problems and solutions. You will analyse legal, political and organisational backgrounds to existing and emerging ethical and social problems of technology, and you will explore possibilities for resolving, diminishing or preventing these problems.

Lectures

Lecture TopicWorkgroup Excersise
1. IntroductionEthical Problems in Professional Practice
2. Philosophical EthicsPhilosophical Ethics
3. Normative Ethics & ArgumentationThe Nuclear Case
4. Ethical issues in Technology DesignHighway Safety
5. Ethics and Technological RiskChallenger Launch Decision
6. Engineering and ResponsibilityBhopal Disaster
7. Sustainability, Ethics, and TechnologySustainability, Ethics, and Technology

If you wish to have the best reader to accompany this course, you should get the following book:
Ethics, Technology, and Engineering: An Introduction, by Ibo van de Poel et. al.
It is available in bookstores and online as either physical book or e-book.
In the Readings section you will find more information about readings.

After having completed the course you:

  • can better recognise and analyse ethical and social aspects and problems inherent in technology and in the work of professionals and managers active in the design, development, management and control of technology.
  •  have insight into how these ethical and social aspects and problems are related to legal, political and organisational backgrounds.
  • are able to explore and assess possibilities for solving or diminishing existing and emerging ethical and social problems that attach to technology and the work of professionals and managers.
  • are better prepared to perform your future work as a professional or manager in the design, development, production and control of technology in an ethical and socially responsible way.
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