Integrating Ethics

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In “Integrating Ethics and Design” by G.F. McLean, the author delves into the difficult relationship between engineering and ethics. He goes on to make the claim that ethics must be taught throughout the course of study for engineers and not as just one course to be taken towards the end of the degree plan. Oftentimes, when ethics is taught as a standalone course for engineers, it is viewed as a second-tier subject in the scope of the degree. In my experience, thus far in an ethics class, students do not approach the material with the same rigor that they would an engineering course which leads to the belief that the topic is not as important. I would like to argue that every person has their own natural code of ethics due to my experience in courses throughout my education that broach the subject. I will attempt to apply McLean’s solution on how ethics should be taught to engineers to my own education. I do not believe teaching ethics in many different courses…show more content…
In theory, it should be easy to teach ethics by integrating it in the classroom using real world situations. Engineering courses have students complete design projects. If a course on ethics is taught late in the second year or early in the third year of the engineering program, then when a design project is assigned, the students can be reminded to consider ethical problems in their design. This way, professor do not have to spend time discussing ethical theories but can guide the students on how to apply what they learned in their ethics class. By applying McLean’s thoughts of ethics and design to my experiences in an engineering program, I believe that ethics cannot be taught throughout an education with much success. Conversely, if a course on ethics is taught in the middle stages of the program, those ideas can be applied in later
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