6.S062 Ethics and EECS

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Undergraduate
Units: 2-0-4
Instructor: Prof. Bernhardt Trout
Schedule: M3-5, room 36-153
 
Description
Integrates classical readings that provide an overview of ethics with a survey of case studies that focus on ethical problems arising in the practice of electrical engineering and computer science. Readings taken from a variety of sources, such as Aristotle, Machiavelli, Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, the Founding Fathers, and the Bible. Case studies include written analyses and films that address the place of computers and electronics in society, entrepreneurial EECS activities, potential engineering disasters, court cases, ethical codes, and the ultimate scope and aims of engineering. Enrollment limited to 15 student.