Spotlight on ethics: Debating the adoption of nuclear energy

You are an early career engineer working in the civil nuclear industry for Ultra Nuclear. Your manager has assigned your first major project which involves making the plans for the development of a new power plant. To complete your project successfully, you are expected to ensure community approval for the new nuclear power plant. How will you go about this?

This is the dilemma presented in our Engineering Ethics Toolkit case study Debating the adoption of nuclear energy.

This case study asks students to identify and define an open-ended problem in engineering and develop a socially acceptable solution, and addresses AHEP 4 themes.

We’ve provided this, and other case studies, for you to use and adapt in your teaching. We also have a growing library of guidance articles available to support you in your teaching, and an Ethics Explorer to get you started.

If you would like to give feedback on this or any other Engineering Ethics resource, or submit your own content, you can do so here. We also have a newly created community of practice that you can join, where we hope that educators will support each other, and share their success stories of teaching engineering ethics. You can join our Ethics Ambassadors community here.

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