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ENGR 131: Ethical Issues in Engineering

Fundamental ethical responsibilities of engineers. Ethical responsibilities to society, employers, colleagues, and clients; ethics, cost-benefit-risk analysis, and safety; informed consent; ethical responsibilities of radical engineering design; the ethics of whistleblowing; ethical issues engineers face as expert witnesses, consultants, and managers; ethical issues in engineering research, design, testing, and manufacturing; ethical issues arising from engineering work in foreign countries; and ethical issues arising from the social, cultural, and environmental contexts of contemporary engineering work. Contemporary case studies. Enrollment limited to 24. Each student seeking admission to the class must send an application to the instructor at mcginn@stanford.edu by 5 PM, Monday, September 24. The application must contain her/his name, year of study, major, and case, limited to 300 words, for why s/he should be given a slot in the seminar. Students will be emailed whether they have been admitted by 9AM, Tuesday, September 25.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-ER | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
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