On the pedagogy of ethics in engineering degrees: rationale, imperatives and internationalization

Buckeridge, J 2006, 'On the pedagogy of ethics in engineering degrees: rationale, imperatives and internationalization', in Proceedings of Ethics of Knowledge Production Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, 12-14 February 2006, pp. 1-7.


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Title On the pedagogy of ethics in engineering degrees: rationale, imperatives and internationalization
Author(s) Buckeridge, J
Year 2006
Conference name Ethics of Knowledge Production Conference
Conference location Dunedin, New Zealand
Conference dates 12-14 February 2006
Proceedings title Proceedings of Ethics of Knowledge Production Conference
Publisher New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO
Place of publication New Zealand
Start page 1
End page 7
Abstract Nations that are signatory to the Washington Accord (1989) accept that the teaching of ethics, in a professional context, is mandatory for undergraduate engineering curricula. The inclusion of ethics, in otherwise very tight curricula, is due to the changing role of engineering; in particular it reflects a greater public awareness of the effects of engineering processes. On the basis of this, it follows that engineers are required to demonstrate transparently responsible practice in the knowledge that they are indeed accountable for their actions. In most countries, this requirement is embodied in legislation. The teaching of ethics to engineering undergraduates is a relatively new concept. This paper provides an overview of one methodology, the 'full submergence' technique, wherein engineers are challenged to respond to ethical conundrums in a high intensity project-based, block course. Over the last decade, this model has been successfully used in four countries.
Subjects Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) engineering ethics
resource degradation
natural environment
engineering curriculum
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