Teaching Ethics With Science Fiction : A Case Study Syllabus

TitleTeaching Ethics With Science Fiction : A Case Study Syllabus
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPease, A
JournalTeaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Date PublishedSpring 2009
PublisherSociety for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number15444031
KeywordsCase , Case Study Method , computer , COMPUTER science , ENGINEERING , English , humanities , Instructional , Instructional Methods , PHILOSOPHY
AbstractThis short article describes how science fiction literature can provide an excellent variety of interdisciplinary case studies. The author describes how cases in these stories can help students talk about issues such as technology ethics, environmental ethics, ethical issues involved in interpersonal relations in workplace and other settings. Because science fiction is often seen as “fun,” it often removes the intellectual and emotional resistance some students might at first feel towards the subject of ethics.
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