ENG-641 / 2 credits

Teacher: Ferrarello Laura Filippa

Language: English


Every year


The course analyses a selection of case studies on selected topics to describe how human agency can respond, prevent or mitigate ethical issues by reframing these as opportunities for innovation. This analysis provides indication on what could be a good practice in engineering research and practice.



Ethics, innovation, wicked problem mapping, opportunity

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Beginners; introduction to ethics in scientific and engineering research and practice

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a critical mindset to engineering practice and research that is aware of ethical challenges
  • Assess / Evaluate positive and negative consequences that different stakeholders, taking different roles in an innovation cycle, might cause to the planet and society
  • Formulate interpret and critique factors and events - including human behavior and industrial or manufacturing processes - that could trigger ethical issues affecting people and the planet
  • Contextualise ethics in engineering systems and consider the causal relations (positive and negative feedback loops) as an opportunity for innovation
  • Assess / Evaluate and Produce innovation through potential unintended consequences of human actions to engineering systems and solutions


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In the programs

  • Exam form: Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: The Practice of Ethics in Engineering Research
  • Lecture: 20 Hour(s)
  • Exercises: 15 Hour(s)
  • Practical work: 15 Hour(s)

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