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The Engineer of 2020 makes clear that enhancing engineering students’ understanding of ethics and globalization is increasingly important. As engineers practice their trade in an ever more global business environment, the need for global experience and an understanding of engineering’s role in the larger cultural context becomes more essential. While fundamental engineering and analytical skills remain the foundation of professional preparation for today’s students, the ability to work in multicultural environments, understand the business context of engineering, and adapt to changing conditions have become requirements for engineers in our global environment .
Teaching ethics is increasingly a component of science and engineering professional education, reflected in the growing attention paid to ethics courses by accrediting agencies, particularly in engineering as reflected by requirements such as those in the United States instituted by its national engineering accreditation organization, ABET. Ethics is increasingly being integrated into engineering curricula, in recognition of the complex professional and personal issues facing scientists and engineers in modern workplace [2, 3]. It is essential that students understand that science and technology can be used for positive and negative purposes, and thus are not value-neutral. Developing the analytical skills necessary to recognize ethical issues is essential for students entering professional settings. Further, students majoring in scientific and technical fields must understand that they will be the decision makers for technology and science - it is not the autonomous force  that we usually assume - and that they need ethical reasoning skills in order to successfully navigate the modern world, whether as practicing scientists and engineers or merely as informed citizens. Ethics education, then, should offer students the opportunity to practice making and defending decisions about ethical issues and provide students with tools to help them develop their skills in formulating sophisticated ethical positions.
Global technology issues like industrialization, environmental degradation, and the rapidly changing nature of the workforce, involve ethical issues at a national and international scale . Safety, privacy, the environment, accessibility, and the implications of the continued advances of technology are issues that every nation must address, both individually and as part of the world community. These challenges offer a highly relevant stage on which to examine the complex ethical issues currently facing those involved in the science and technology industry.
The courses, Globalization, Technology & Ethics and Ethics & the Design of Technology, are provided by the Penn State Program in Science, Technology and Society in association with the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education. The courses explore topics of critical international and economic importance: global manufacturing and technology use, off-shoring, outsourcing, international debt financing,
Chinn, G., & Raman, V., & Walton, S. A., & Litzinger, T. (2010, June), Using Technology Mediated Collaboration In The Teaching Of Ethics & Globalization Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16429
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