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Ethics and Impacts of Engineering

Ethics and Impacts of Engineering will consider ethical issues and the impacts of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. The course will relate general ethical theory to concrete problems in engineering, using readings, scenarios, and case studies. Class activities include discussions in small groups on topics such as product safety and liability, conflict of interest dilemma, protection of intellectual property, and answers to questions such as: How does a particular problem affect our environment or the society in general? What technical solutions have been proposed recently to address this problem? Which solution do you think works best and why? What is your solution to the problem? What is the cost involved in implementing these solutions? What are the economic tradeoffs?

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