Ethics Across the Graduate Engineering Curriculum

Michael Davis, Kathryn Riley
2008 Teaching Ethics  
We now have three major approaches to ethics education in engineering, science, and similar professional programs: (1) free-standing courses in ethics; (2) modules, that is, large-scale insertions of ethics instruction into technical courses (for example, an hour-long discussion of conflict of interest or screening a pedagogical movie such as Incident at Morales); and (3) micro-insertions, that is, small-scale insertions of ethics instruction into technical courses, resulting in a dozen or so
more » ... in a dozen or so "ethics minilessons" during a semester, each lasting only a few minutes. What we describe here is an experiment in the application of micro-insertion to graduate students in engineering. Though it is now only "a work in progress," it is already interesting both for what it has achieved and for the central problem of assessment it has yet to solve. We hope it will suggest other projects both for introducing ethics across the curriculum and for evaluating what has been achieved. We are also hoping for help with that central problem.
doi:10.5840/tej20089115 fatcat:ycy62u7qhfdadg6lwn7yp2osb4