Case-based exercises for teaching ethics (SURF project)

The database with case based exercises is online

On this website you can access the results of the SURF project: A database of more than 40 cases that we collected and edited from the 4TU.Ethics centres.

Ethics Education for Engineers - 4TU.Ethics project (SURF grant)

This project (2019/2021) involves a collaboration between the TU/e (head university), TU Delft, UT and the WUR (under the flag of 4TU. Ethics) to develop materials for ethics education for engineers (Bachelor and Master). TU Delft is involved in this project through several people: the project leader is Lavinia Marin; Sabine Roeser and Janna van Grunsven will elaborate the ethical framework for this project; Joost Groot Kormelink contributed substantially in writing the project proposal; and a substantial number of case studies is expected to come from academic personnel working at TU Delft.

About the project

Ethics education is a structural part of the courses of the 4 TUs and is largely based on "case-based exercises" (ethical considerations from different perspectives on applications of technologies). The aim of the project is to publish about 60 ethical case-based exercises in a clear, structured and open way for reuse in all courses of the institutions involved. The publication will be initially online, on an open-source repository.

The major aims of the project are:

  • To improve and update current material in a structured, uniform;
  • Adding new material (due to new technologies and new challenges which keep rising up, we need to update also the cases used in our ethics education);
  • Ensure that all material is suitable for reuse in education by both fellow ethics teachers and by course teachers in training (co-teaching).
    66 ethics teachers from the 4 participating institutions are involved in this project. Through this community, this working method will be institutionalized and expanded towards other (international) partners.