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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2022/2023
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 056833 - POWER SYSTEMS: ETHICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Cfu 6.00 Tipo insegnamento Corso Integrato
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  6.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Soft Skills
Docenti: Titolare (Co-titolari) Schiaffonati Viola, Grillo Samuele

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (477) ENERGY ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA ENERGETICA*AZZZZ056931 - POWER SYSTEMS: ETHICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (478) NUCLEAR ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA NUCLEARE*AZZZZ056931 - POWER SYSTEMS: ETHICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (499) MOBILITY ENGINEERING*AZZZZ056931 - POWER SYSTEMS: ETHICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (473) AUTOMATION AND CONTROL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA DELL'AUTOMAZIONE*AZZZZ056931 - POWER SYSTEMS: ETHICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (475) ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA ELETTRICA*AZZZZ056833 - POWER SYSTEMS: ETHICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
056931 - POWER SYSTEMS: ETHICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

This course deals with power systems analyzed from ethical and social perspectives. It is intended to give students a chance to reflect on the ethical, social, and cultural impacts of power systems by focusing on the issues faced by and brought about by electrical engineers.

This integrated course includes lectures by two instructors with complementary expertise, covering the issues of power systems at the intersection of technical and socio-ethical issues, and invited lecturers, covering specific topics at the forefront of research in the socio-technical management of power systems.

Class participation is expected, as classes will be organized as short workshop sessions in which experiences, and individual and group reflections are punctuated by Socratic discussions or microlectures.


Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Dublin Descriptors

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students will:

  • Acquire a broad perspective on the ethical and social impacts and implications of power systems;
  • Be acquainted with normative ethics and normative argumentation;
  • Learn how to recognize and analyze ethical and social aspects and issues inherent in development, control, and design of power systems;
  • 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 power systems;
  • Be able to apply ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by smart grids;
  • Be able to explore and assess possibilities for solving or diminishing existing and emerging ethical and social problems of smart grids.

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:

  • Work in small groups;
  • 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.

Argomenti trattati

The course will cover different topics from both a theoretical and a more practical point of view.

The following topics will be presented within the context of power systems development and technologies:

  • Privacy and privacy-preserving analysis of energy data: infrastructure components and consumer devices as data acquiring network devices.
  • Security both at the individual and national level: power disruption causing loss of infrastructure, endangering public safety and jeopardizing national security
  • Equity: equitable pricing and affordability of access; fair distribution of costs and benefits; energy management burden on uniformed consumer; managing consumer behavior
  • Environmental sustainability: future affordability of energy; intergenerational justice; possible conflict between reliability and environmental sustainability.
  • AI/ML techniques and Big Data analytics for the smart grid: their increasing role and critical issues (e.g., fair algorithmic decision making).
  • Social acceptance issues: effects of moral values on the acceptance of smart grid technologies; ethics of technology and technology acceptance models.
  • Professional codes of conduct: benefits and limits; how codes face innovation such as the smart grid.

Students will be supervised in the development of the final project (class presentation) in order to achieve the required standards.


Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile - SDGs
Questo insegnamento contribuisce al raggiungimento dei seguenti Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda ONU 2030:
  • SDG4 - QUALITY EDUCATION
  • SDG11 - SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
  • SDG12 - RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Prerequisiti

Grading will be on the following basis: 50% final project (oral presentation); 50% written test on the course topics.

Type of assessment

Description

Dublin descriptor

Final project

(class presentation)

Students are required to:

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

 

1, 3

4, 5

Written test

  • 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 power systems requiring the knowledge of the suggested bibliography and the development of critical skills in analyzing technical problems with the tools provided by ethical theories and argumentation.

1, 2

3, 4, 5

 


Modalità di valutazione

Foreword: The program is the same for the both versions of the course (i.e, 5 ECTS, and 6 ECTS).

Grading will be on the following basis.

5 ECTS: 50% final project (team presentation in class); 50% written test on the course topics.

6 ECTS: 50% final project (team presentation in class + individual assignment); 50% written test on the course topics. The additional ECTS is accounted for by the individual assignment, which will be announced and agreed upon at the beginning of the course.

 

Type of assessment

Description

Dublin descriptor

Final project

(class presentation)

Students are required to:

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

 

1, 3

4, 5

Written test

  • 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 power systems requiring the knowledge of the suggested bibliography and the development of critical skills in analyzing technical problems with the tools provided by ethical theories and argumentation.

1, 2

3, 4, 5

Individual assignment (only for 6 ECTS version of the course)

Students are required to:

  • To present in different forms (e.g., video, class presentation, written text, …) a specific topic related to power systems issues to their peers.


4, 5

 

 


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Lezione
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48:02
Esercitazione
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41:57
Laboratorio Informatico
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Laboratorio Sperimentale
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0:00
Laboratorio Di Progetto
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Totale 59:59 89:59

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