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

- sample video lectures from our courses and sample set-ups of our courses

- 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.

Our approach

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, examples and current research

Examples of courses offered by the Ethics/Philosophy of Technology Section

Courses for BSc/ Msc levels

PhD-level courses

Ethics will make the difference.

prof. Jeroen van den Hoven