The Delft approach to teaching ethics and philosophy of technology to engineering students
As developed by the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section of TU Delft
What you will find on this website
- a description of our approach and the theoretical rationale for it
- educational methods tailored specifically for engineering education
- a list of the courses we currently provide for our students at TU Delft
- some useful resources for engineering ethics education
- a "how to" guide on implementing an ethics programme in your institute
Who are we?
This site showcases an approach for teaching ethics and philosophy of technology to engineering students developed by the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section at TU Delft. We are a group of philosophers specialised in ethics and philosophy of technology who believe in research-based and problem-based teaching. Our teaching approach stems from the research projects being conducted in our section and from our educational experience with engineering students from all the faculties of TU Delft.
We teach ethics to engineering students based on case studies showcasing ethical problems inspired by the daily practice of engineers.
We encourage students' ethical reflection by using multiple ethical frameworks and encouraging students to critically engage with different perspectives
We integrate ethics throughout the curriculum via dedicated courses on ethics, and ethical reflection moments integrated in the regular engineering curriculum.
The Delft approach - theoretical set-up, models and course examples
Examples of courses offered by the Ethics/Philosophy of Technology Section
Courses for BSc/ Msc levels
Ethics will make the difference.― prof. Jeroen van den Hoven
16 november 2018
PhD Course “Philosophy of Responsible Innovation” (2019) – OZSW + 4TU course
This course discusses the main philosophical issues in relation to Responsible Innovation, an emerging concept in the EU context which highlights the relevance of social-ethical issues in research and innovation practices.
17 augustus 2018
Two TPM MOOCs in UN Sustainable Development Goals MOOC list
TPM MOOCs ‘responsible innovation’ and ‘the next generation of infrastructures’ have been taken up in the Class Central list of free online courses that teach the public about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).