An Ethical Stance: Engineering Curricula Designed for Social Responsibility

de Vere, Ian, Kapoor, Ajay and Melles, Gavin (2011) An Ethical Stance: Engineering Curricula Designed for Social Responsibility. In: Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 8: Design Education, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011, 15-19 August 2011, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Engineering must provide the global community with socially responsible, ethical and sustainable design solutions. The potential for engineering designers to contribute positively to the betterment of society, through product service systems that provide opportunities for sustainable development, enhance societal well-being and empower communities to be self determining, must be realised. This will require the engineering community to take leadership roles in product design and development and to engage with emerging economies to deliver appropriate designs and sustainable technologies. Social responsibility and sustainability will need to be at the forefront of product design and development and more importantly, integrated throughout engineering education. As global designers, engineering graduates must be ethical and responsible, fully cognizant of the consequences of their professional activities, their potential for global societal contribution and their responsibilities to all stakeholders and communities. Opportunities exist for well considered curricula to drive new engineering paradigms and determine attitudinal change amongst the next engineering designers.

Keywords:Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, ethical design, engineering curricula
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
H Engineering > H150 Engineering Design
W Creative Arts and Design > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Design
ID Code:53971
Deposited On:27 Mar 2023 14:51

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