Engineering Ethics Education: Issue and Strategy

공학 윤리 교육: 현황과 쟁점, 그리고 전략

  • Han, Kyong-Hee (Innovation Center for Engineering Education, Yonsei University) ;
  • Heo, Jun-Haeng (Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University) ;
  • Lee, Chung-Yong (Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University)
  • 한경희 (연세대학교 공학교육혁신센터) ;
  • 허준행 (연세대학교 토목환경공학과) ;
  • 이충용 (연세대학교 전기전자공학과)
  • Published : 2009.03.31


With the rapid development of science and technology and their increased impacts on our society, we witness a growing recognition of the importance of engineers' social responsibility and their professional ethics. Especially, the introduction of EC2000 and ABET into engineering education has been contributed to reinforce the systemization of ethics instruction. However, we could not attain the educational goal of integration of engineering education and ethics by general declaration of its importance. We need to deal with the vital questions how to institutionalize and implement engineering ethics in engineering curriculum. This article focuses on three aspects. First, it mainly outlines the developments and the traits of engineering education in American universities. Second, by classifying the engineering ethics education into several patterns, we discuss the characteristics and implications according to those Patterns. Third, it is helpful to explore the way how we could apply these patterns to Korean engineering education. It is expected to combine the stand-alone engineering ethics lectures with ethics -across -the -curriculum considering each university's circumstances and resources. Still, many challenges remain, most notably the need for engineering faculty and non-engineering faculty to cooperate and accept for engineering ethics education.


Engineering Ethics;Responsibility;Professional Ethics;Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum


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