Ethics Education in Undergraduate Engineering Curricula

Canan Özgen
2015 Türkiye Biyoetik Dergisi  
In the 21st century the fast advancement in science and technology necessitates an awareness construction and a standard-setting for ethical behavior and conduct in the society which can only be achieved by education. This education must be given as early as possible. Although it is somewhat late, ethics education at the universities is one of the stages that can be considered with this respect. University students' ability to understand, to deal and to find solutions to different and complex
more » ... erent and complex ethical problems and dilemmas must be developed and improved. Thus, an awareness of ethical responsibilities associated with all the professions and an understanding of the impact of different professions' applications and probable solutions of ethical problems must be established by ethics education. Considering many possible methods for ethics education, one that starts from freshman and which is integrated in different courses through the curriculum, and which lasts with case studies in a capstone senior level course, is the one which is recommended. Basing also on the results of the Middle East Technical University-Ethics Education Committee's study on ethics education, the duration for the different teaching tools and courses must be at least 14 hours (one credit course equivalent) per semester.
doi:10.5505/tjob.2015.46855 fatcat:o3c2n3nk5fcllgn7qaktwe35ve