ERIC Number: ED337402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Engineer and the Societal Dilemma: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
Coleman, Robert J.
The University of North Carolina's Electrical Engineering Department developed and delivered a course for undergraduate engineering students. The course integrated technical, social, and ethical perspectives on problems and issues faced in the world of practicing engineers. It achieved this integration by making use of professors in engineering, philosophy, and sociology and by focusing course segments on cases and issues presented by practicing professionals. Among the issues examined in the course were product safety, life support technology, genetic engineering, information technology, nuclear power, and whistleblowing. It is believed that the course succeeded in increasing students' awareness of the social dimension and the importance of the ethical aspects of the engineering profession. Three attachments that describe the course, course presenter notes, and a journal article are appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Charlotte.