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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
There is a widespread approach to the teaching of ethics to engineering students in which the exclusive focus is on engineers as individual agents and the broader context in which they do their work is ignored. Although this approach has frequently been criticised in the literature, it persists on a wide scale, as can be inferred from accounts in the educational literature and from the contents of widely used textbooks in engineering ethics. In this contribution we intend to: (1) Restate why the individualistic approach to the teaching of ethics to engineering students is inadequate in view of preparing them for ethical, professional and social responsibility; (2) Examine the existing literature regarding the possible contribution of Science, Technology and Society (STS) scholarship in addressing the inadequacies of the individualistic approach; and (3) Assess this possible contribution of STS in order to realise desired learning outcomes regarding the preparation of students for ethical and social responsibility.
Conlon, E. & Zandvoort, H. (2013). Broadening Ethics Teaching in Engineering: Beyond the Individualistic Approach. Science and Engineering Ethics, 19(4), pp.1589-1594.
Science and Engineering Ethics, 19(4), pp.1589-1594