6.904 Ethics for Engineers


Prerequisites: None
Units: 2-0-4
School-Wide Elective Subject
Instructors:  Profs. D. Doneson, B. L. Trout
Schedule: M3-5, room 66-144
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 engineering. 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 engineering disasters, biotechnology, court cases, ethical codes, and the ultimate scope and aims of engineering.