Pirate Code for Engineering Ethics

TitlePirate Code for Engineering Ethics
Publication TypeTeaching Module
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFrey, WJ
PublisherUniversity of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsENGINEERING , Instructional Methods , professional codes of ethics
AbstractThis module uses the Pirate Creed of Ethics (http://www.jollyrogercayman.com/web%20pages/pirates_creed.htm) to introduce students to engineering and professional codes of ethics. Analyzing the Pirate Creed helps students to see that credos and codes serve different functions, embody values, and send different messages to internal and external communities. After studying and discussing the Pirate Creed, students write and defend their own codes in small groups using a seven step method. With their own codes in place as a critical and interpretive framework, they conclude this module by critically assessing different professional codes of ethics, for example, the Puerto Rico State Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. This module is being developed as a part of an NSF-funded project, "Collaborative Development of Ethics Across the Curriculum Resources and Sharing of Best Practices," NSF SES 0551779.
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