Application of ethics in engineering practice... quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Buckeridge, J 2008, 'Application of ethics in engineering practice... quis custodiet ipsos custodes?', in Y. Xie and I. Patnaikuni (ed.) Innovations in Structural Engineering and Construction. Volume 2, Melbourne, Australia, 26-28 September 2008, pp. 1273-1278.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Application of ethics in engineering practice... quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Author(s) Buckeridge, J
Year 2008
Conference name Fourth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC-4)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 26-28 September 2008
Proceedings title Innovations in Structural Engineering and Construction. Volume 2
Editor(s) Y. Xie
I. Patnaikuni
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Start page 1273
End page 1278
Total pages 6
Abstract Public realisation of a degrading biosphere and a resultant demand for accountability of professionals led to the inclusion of 'non-technical' papers into university engineering curricula. This paper introduces a methodology for contextualising ethics within engineering, and profiles an outline of the course 'ethics for engineers' at RMIT University (Australia), Wismar University (Germany) and Østfold University College, (Norway). The course is delivered at final year, giving students sufficient time to comprehend and contextualise the subtlety of ethical dilemmas. This paper then explores anticipated outcomes of an 'ethics' course, in the knowledge that engineers may work for corporations that function under very different ethical constructs to those envisaged by their profession. What can and what should, an ethical engineer do when asked to compromise his/her own professional values? If inappropriate behaviour is sanctioned/requested by employers, how is this likely to be appraised by the wider community? Who regulates our practice... and ultimately, quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Subjects Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) engineering education
Copyright notice © 2008 Taylor and Francis
ISBN 978-0-415-45755-2
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