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Engineering Ethics Short Course - Unit 3: Sustainability

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Unit overview

This unit examines environmental sustainability in the context of engineering and how this relates to engineers’ professional duties and to the practice of the profession.

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Level Professional
Partner Details The University of Leeds is in in the top 10 universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and was named University of the Year 2017 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. The University’s Faculty of Engineering is top 100 in the world for engineering and technology and coordinates their teaching with specialist staff from their National Centre for Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA), which aims to help students, professionals and employees to identify, analyse and respond to the ethical issues they encounter in their disciplines and their working lives.
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What you will learn
By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

 Describe key debates in environmental ethics including the ‘tragedy of the commons’ and individual vs collective solutions.
 Assess the merits of the arguments supplied by different sides of these debates.
 Apply these ideas to the context of engineering via real world examples.
Who should learn
This unit is for practising engineers, graduates of engineering courses, or other professionals in the industry who want to understand the ethical dimensions of engineering.