Teaching engineering ethics with sustainability as context

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dc.contributor.author Byrne, Edmond P.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-18T15:19:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-18T15:19:39Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Edmond P. Byrne, (2012) "Teaching engineering ethics with sustainability as context", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 13 Iss: 3, pp.232 - 248. doi: 10.1108/14676371211242553 en
dc.identifier.volume 13 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 232 en
dc.identifier.endpage 248 en
dc.identifier.issn 1467-6370
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/635
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/14676371211242553
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the engagement and response of students to the teaching of engineering ethics incorporating a macro ethical framework whereby sustainability is viewed as context to professional practice. This involves incorporating a broader conception of engineering than is typically applied in conventional teaching of engineering ethics.Design/methodology/approach – A real life wicked problem case study assignment was developed. Students' understanding and practical application of the concepts were considered. A survey was conducted to gauge students' appreciation of the professional importance and their enjoyment of the subject matter. Findings – It was found that students appreciate and enjoy a macro ethical sustainability informed approach, but find it more challenging to apply in practice. Practical implications – The paper demonstrates an approach to the teaching of engineering ethics using a practical example, which can help broaden engineers' self-perceived role towards one where sustainability is context. It also shows how students can find such an approach to teaching ethics to be both enjoyable and relevant.Social implications – Engineers educated to perceive the importance of engaging with macro ethical issues as part of professional practice will be significantly better placed to inform public and industry policy towards greater good and engage with other professional and expert groups. Originality/value – In this paper, an approach to engineering ethics which diverges from the traditional is proposed. This can be of value to those involved in the teaching of engineering ethics, particularly those seeking to incorporate sustainability and other macro ethical issues. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited en
dc.relation.uri http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17042044&show=abstract
dc.rights ©Emerald Group Publishing Limited en
dc.subject Sustainability en
dc.subject Engineering education en
dc.subject Complexity en
dc.subject Curricula en
dc.subject Macro ethical en
dc.subject Engineering education en
dc.subject Water supply engineering en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Universities en
dc.subject.lcsh Engineers--Professional ethics en
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable development en
dc.subject.lcsh Engineering--Study and teaching en
dc.title Teaching engineering ethics with sustainability as context en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D015/ebyrne en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Edmond Byrne, Process & Chemical Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.byrne@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2012-07-04T20:52:41Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 153248941
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress e.byrne@ucc.ie en

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