Spotlight on ethics: Why integrate ethics in engineering?

If you’d like to improve your own ethics learning, then our Engineering Ethics Toolkit guidance article Why integrate ethics in engineering? is a great place to start.

The article author, Konstantinos Konstantis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, believes that “It goes without saying that the way we design and use technology plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Engineers and their decisions have a huge impact on society.”

He goes on to say: “The ubiquitous presence of ethical challenges that the contemporary technological condition poses is well beyond doubt. Thus, the approach of these imminent ethical challenges in their appropriate context becomes a necessity. This article designates the importance of Engineering Ethics, which cross-cuts all engineering disciplines, and is a field that seeks to address these ethical issues, conceiving them as organically incorporated into the actual, ongoing engineering practice, research and education.”

Why integrate ethics in engineering? should be read by educators at all levels in higher education who wish to integrate ethics into the engineering and design curriculum or module design.

We have a growing library of guidance articles available to support you as you expand your understanding of engineering ethics, and begin to embed it within the curriculum, and an interactive Ethics Explorer to get you started. We also have a library of case studies, for you to use and adapt in your teaching.

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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