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Summary Teaching Assignment
Academic Year 2018/2019
School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Course 052581 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
Cfu 5.00 Type of Course Mono-Disciplinary Course
Innovative teaching The course includes  5.0  credits in Innovative Teaching as follows:
  • Soft Skills
Lecturers: Titolare (Co-titolari) Chiffi Daniele

Programme Track From (included) To (excluded) Course
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (477) ENERGY ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA ENERGETICA*AZZZZ052769 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
052581 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (478) NUCLEAR ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA NUCLEARE*AZZZZ052581 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (471) BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA*AZZZZ052581 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (472) CHEMICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA CHIMICA*AZZZZ052581 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (475) ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA ELETTRICA*AZZZZ052581 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (486) ENGINEERING PHYSICS - INGEGNERIA FISICA*AZZZZ052769 - ETHICS FOR TECHNOLOGY

Goals

This course deals with the application of ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by technology. This course aims at showing how the decision to develop a technology (meant at large), the processes of its design, development, management, control, and production are inherently moral. It is intended to give students a chance to reflect on the ethical, social, and cultural impact of technological applications.

The course includes lectures by the instructor and invited lecturers; class participation will be expected, and students should apply what they learn through reading, lectures, and class discussions by looking at current events through an ethical lens.


Expected learning outcomes

Dublin Descriptors

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students will:

  • Acquire a broad perspective on the ethical and social impacts and implications of science and technology;
  • Be acquainted with normative ethics and normative argumentation;
  • Learn how to recognize and analyze ethical and social aspects and issues inherent in some technological applications;
  • Be able to understand how technical problems are inherently connected to a social dimension within a socio-technical perspective.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Students will:

  • Be able to use critical skills in clarifying and ethically analyzing case-studies involving technology;
  • Be able to apply ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by current technologies;
  • Be able to explore and assess possibilities for solving or diminishing existing and emerging ethical and social problems.

Making judgements

Students will be able:

  • To autonomously analyze the ethical issues of a technology and to develop a critical analysis on that;
  • To evaluate and select the appropriate knowledge in the effort of elaborating and justifying a philosophical argument on a topic autonomously selected.

Communication

Students will learn to:

  • Exercise and improve their skills in a critical writing;
  • Present in an effective way the results of their independent research, being able to justify their choices.

Lifelong learning skills

Students will:

  • Be better prepared to their future professional life in an ethically and socially responsible way;
  • Be able to analyze problems through an ethical lens.

Topics

The course will cover different topics both from a theoretical and a more practical point of view. We will start with a broad analysis of the concept of responsibility, in particular in an engineering perspective, and of normative ethics and its tools. We will discuss ethical questions in the design of technology with a focus on Design Ethics and its Social Ethics paradigm. Then ethics in IT-configured societies will be discussed and technology as the instrumentation of human action will be presented. Topics will include, for instance, the novel framework of Responsible Research and Innovation, Value-Sensitive design, the ethical aspects of technical risks, the relationship among sustainability, ethics and technology, information flow, privacy, and surveillance, digital order.

Students will be supervised in class sessions in the development of the final project (class presentation) in order to meet the standards required by scientific publications.


Pre-requisites

No prerequisite is required.


Assessment

Type of assessment

Description

Dublin descriptor

Final project

(class presentation)

Students are required to:

  • Develop an argument in which the presented claims are justified by the use of ethical argumentation and the relevant literature;
  • To present this argument in an oral presentation in class in front of the instructor and their student colleagues.

 

1, 3

4, 5

Written exam

  • Questions on the course topics that require to have read and carefully studied the suggested bibliography and the ability to apply it to case-studies;
  • Questions on the ethical issues associated to technologies that require to have studied the suggested bibliography and to have developed critical skills in analyzing technical problems with the tools provided by ethical theories and argumentation.

1, 2

 

3, 4, 5


Bibliography
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaIbo van de Poel, Lambèr Royakkers, Ethics, Technology, and Engineering: An Introduction, Editore: Wiley-Blackwell, Anno edizione: 2011

Software used
No software required

Learning format(s)
Type of didactic form Ore di attività svolte in aula
(hh:mm)
Ore di studio autonome
(hh:mm)
Lesson
30:00
45:00
Training
20:00
30:00
Computer Laboratory
0:00
0:00
Experimental Laboratory
0:00
0:00
Project Laboratory
0:00
0:00
Total 50:00 75:00

Information in English to support internationalization
Course offered in English
Study material/slides available in English
Textbook/Bibliography available in English
It is possible to take the examination in English
Support available in English
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Area Servizi ICT
15/07/2024