ECE/Philosophy 316 : Ethics and Engineering

TitleECE/Philosophy 316 : Ethics and Engineering
Publication TypeSyllabi
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHillmer, P, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Date Published08/2014
PublisherUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractTaught by Dr. Philip Hillmer, “Ethics and Engineering” is a broad-ranging course in moral theory and practice, open to all disciplines and all majors. The principles studied throughout the semester are applicable to all career paths, and all who are interested are welcome to be members of the class. The course will be structured in three interrelated parts — (1) an introduction to the central themes of the course, (2) a focused study of normative ethics, and (3) an exploration of ethical issues in the practice of a profession, applied in the vocational context of the discipline of engineering (including safety and liability, professional responsibility to clients and employers, legal obligations, codes of ethics, and career choice). As a course in philosophy, one of the primary objectives of our journey together will be to explore the fundamental structure of human personhood, the grounding of moral action, and the development of moral character as a precondition of integral work in a profession and of our life together in society. This record links to a web site describing the class which is updated on a regular basis.
Audience LevelInstructor Undergraduate