Ethics education for engineers

Through the COMET project, our colleagues Janna van Grunsven, Taylor Stone, Lavinia Marin, Sabine Roeser, and Neelke Doorn are working towards reconfiguring the future of engineering ethics education at TU Delft. The project is both retrospective and prospective: looking back at the successes and challenges from the last 20 years of integrating ethics into the curriculum at TU Delft, and identifying and proposing best practices for ethics education going forward.

Van Grunsven, J., L. Marin, T. Stone, S. Roeser and N. Doorn (2021). ‘How to Teach Engineering Ethics? A Retrospective and Prospective Sketch of TU Delft’s Approach to Engineering Ethics Education’. Advances in Engineering Education [full article here]

Stone, T., Marin, L., & van Grunsven, J. (2020). “Before Responsible Innovation: Teaching Anticipation as an Intellectual Virtue for Engineers.” In Engaging Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the European Society or Engineering Education. Eds. J. van der Veen & H.-M. Järvinen, pp. 1401-1408.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neelke Doorn  has published on engineering ethics education.

Doorn, N. and J.O. Kroesen, Using and developing role plays in teaching aimed at preparing for social responsibility. Science and Engineering Ethics, 2013. 19(4): p. 1513-1527.

Van Grunsven, J., L. Marin, T. Stone, S. Roeser and N. Doorn (2021). ‘How to Teach Engineering Ethics? A Retrospective and Prospective Sketch of TU Delft’s Approach to Engineering Ethics Education’. Advances in Engineering Education [full article here]

Lavinia Marin is working within the Comet project on conceptualising moral sensitivity as a competency for engineering ethics, and on refining the existing learning goals for engineering ethics education. She is the project manager of the SURF funded project "Ethics Education for Engineers" whose aim is to gather 60 case based exercises from the 4 universities members of the 4TU.Ethics federation and publish them as open-source material to be reused by other ethics teachers. Outside these projects, she is currently researching how critical thinking can play a role in conceptualising and teaching ethical reflection.

Marin, L., van Grunsven, J., & Stone, T. W. (2021). Performing Ethics of Technology. Using Improvisational Performance-Based Techniques in Engineering Ethics Education. In H.-U. Heiß, H.-M. Järvinen, A. Mayer, & A. Schulz (Eds.), Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting? SEFI 49 Annual conference proceedings (pp. 347–364). [link to text]

Marin, L. (2020). "Ethical reflection or critical thinking? Overlapping competencies in engineering ethics education." In Engaging Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the European Society or Engineering Education. Eds. J. van der Veen & H.-M. Järvinen, pp. 1354–1358. [link to document]

Together with Lambèr Royakkers, Ibo van de Poel wrote the textbook most used for teaching ethics to future engineers at TU Delft.

Van de Poel, Ibo, and Lambèr Royakkers. 2011. Ethics, technology and engineering. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.