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Using history and sociology to teach engineering ethics

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R. R. Kline ; Dept. Of Sci. & Technol., Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, USA

An overview is given of the academic discipline of engineering ethics in the United States, describing how the subject has been taught in the US, and suggesting a new method that uses the history and sociology of science and technology to teach ethical issues in engineering. Traditionally, engineering ethicists have focussed on accidents to analyze both ethical conduct and social implications of engineering. The new approach attempts to move beyond this concern with what might be called "disaster ethics" to study the ethical and social aspects of everyday engineering practice.

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IEEE Technology and Society Magazine  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 4 )