711-0108/01 – Engineering Ethics (IE)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Social SciencesCredits2
Subject guarantorMgr. Tomáš Zemčík, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorMgr. Tomáš Zemčík, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Year1Semesterwinter
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2015/2016Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFS, USPIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
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HAU40 prof. Dr. Mgr. Tomáš Hauer
ZEM0106 Mgr. Tomáš Zemčík, Ph.D.
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Full-time Credit 0+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Students completing the course will be able to: - Effectively use basic methodological approaches in ethics; - To understand the basic ethical concepts; - Ethically justify ours decisions in cases in which engineers and technicians are insufficient everyday moral intuitions. - Assess the legitimacy of ethical arguments in solving conflict situations; - Identify your own strengths and weaknesses in the present solutions ethical dilemma.

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Summary

The subject of research in ethics are moral convictions and their justifications. Ethics is a theoretical reflection of morality and theories of moral behavior. As a philosophical discipline reflects not only the conduct that is related to the differentiation of right and wrong, good and evil, but also examines individual and social moral convictions, in connection with that discernment arise. Engineering Ethics, as part of the sphere of applied ethics, criticaly reflects the grounds of moral conduct, assessment and examines the background of moral values and moral convictions, the legitimacy of their reasoning, and evidence-based arguments in context of technical and engeniers agenda. Engineering Ethics develops criteria which systematize normative beliefs and offers orientation in decision-making situations in which engineers and technicians are insufficient everyday moral intuitions. Engineering Ethics therefore be primarily interested in the justification of moral conviction in cases deciding the daily engineering practice, in which our intuitive moral convictions are uncertain, or contradictory and ambiguous. Emphasis is placed on the practical development of the competences of recognizing the ethical conflict, the ability to analyze this problem to its concealed assumptions and the ability to communicate and present this knowledge to both the expert working team and lay people.

Compulsory literature:

VAN DE POEL, I. Ethics, Technology, and Engineering: An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. ISBN: 978-1444330946. WHITBECK, C. ETHICS IN ENGINEERING PRACTICE AND RESEARCH (Second Edition), Cambridge University Press 2011, New York, USA, Second edition published 2011, ISBN 978-0-521-89797-6.

Recommended literature:

SCHINZINGER, R. Introduction to Engineering Ethics, New York, The McGraw-Hill Companies 2010, ISBN 978-0-07-248311-6. SINGER, P. A companion to ethics. Oxford : Blackwcll Publishcrs, 1993. ISBN 978-0631187851. WALLACH, W. A dangerous master, Basic Book 2015, New York, ISBN 978-0-465-05862-4.

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Other requirements

Students demonstrate mastery of basic methodological foundations of ethical theory through writing an essay.

Prerequisities

Subject has no prerequisities.

Co-requisities

Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Formation and establishment of ethics as a discipline. 2. Basic ethical problems and concepts. 3. Basic methodological approaches in ethics (descriptive ethics, normative ethics, meta-ethics, applied ethics). 4. Main functions of morality, justification of moral sentences. 5. The concept of moral conduct. 6. Historical overview of ethical theory. 7. The obligation and the moral law: deontological ethics. 8. Utilitarianism. 9. Submission of ethical argument and its structure. 10. Thought experiments in ethics.

Conditions for subject completion

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