Course title
Engineering Ethics

sakuragi shin
Course description
This course is to examine multiple aspects of engineering ethics from philosophical view points.
Purpose of class
Engineering ethics are for students of engineering. Yet, it comes to be an important branch of applied ethics. This course tries to examine studies in engineering ethics as a branch of philosophy. The main purpose of this course is to deepen the understanding of engineering practice particularly in terms of analytic ethics and philosophy of action. The focus of the course is particularly on social aspects of engineering practice. An engineering enterprise is an aggregation of multiple tasks jointly implemented by many individual engineers toward an ultimate goal. We will examine engineering disasters caused by malfunctioning of such a cooperative system, and investigate the concept of responsibility essential to engineering practice as a collective action.
Goals and objectives
  1. To explain the philosophical background of engineering ethics
  2. To discuss engineering ethics philosophically in English
  3. To examine and criticize methodological problems of engineering ethics
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction: why ethics? Still less for engineers? TBA 60minutes
2. Who are engineers? Engineering as a profession TBA 90minutes
3. Renewing engineering ethics TBA 90minutes
4. Utilitarianism and engineering issues TBA 90minutes
5. The upshot from utilitarian proposals TBA 90minutes
6. Challenges to the first assumption of utilitarian engineering ethics: Happiness TBA 90minutes
7. Challenges to the second assumption of utilitarian engineering ethics: Totality TBA 90minutes
8. Intention and foresight TBA 90minutes
9. Social influence: Diffusion of responsibility TBA 90minutes
10. Group's influence (1): Polarization TBA 90minutes
11. Group's influence (2): Banality of evil and gropthink TBA 90minutes
12. Action and corporate action TBA 90minutes
13. Corporate mind and responsibility TBA 90minutes
14. Final
TBA 90minutes
Total. - - 1230minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

essay(1) essay (2) final class participation Total.
1. 30% 30%
2. 15% 15% 5% 35%
3. 15% 15% 5% 35%
4. 0%
Total. 30% 30% 30% 10% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Essay×2, 40%
Final exam, 50%
Class participation, 10%
Textbooks and reference materials
No textbook. Material will be notified in lecture
Read the course syllabus.

*This course presupposes materials in Moral Issues in Engineering.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Wed, 12:30-13:10 @ the instructor's office
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
Active-learning course
More than one class is interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicatable
N/A 該当しない
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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