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Engineering and society Part II, Engineering decisions in the 21st century / [electronic resource] : working towards social justice.
George Catalano.
San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, c2009.
1 electronic text (xi, 103 p. : ill.) : digital file.
9781598296624 (pbk.), 9781598296655 (electronic bk.)
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San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, c2009.
9781598296624 (pbk.)
9781598296655 (electronic bk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
1. Making decisions in the 21st century -- Introduction -- Introductory note -- Using ethics cases -- Engineering profession -- 2. Ethics -- Introduction -- Engineering and codes of ethics -- Ethics and the ethical sequence -- 3. Landmines and the war in Iraq -- Impact of the war in Iraq -- Landmines -- Conclusions and reflections -- 4. Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans -- The Great Flood of 1927 -- Hurricane Katrina -- 5. Disappearing bumble bees -- Developing crisis -- Colony collapse disorder model -- 6. Engineering and traditional approaches -- Traditional approaches to engineering ethics -- Utilitarianism -- Respect for persons -- Virtue ethics -- Review of existing ethical codes -- 7. Engineering and freedom -- Individualism and freedom -- Ethics of freedom: substantial freedom -- Ethics of freedom: capabilities -- 8. Engineering and chaos -- Definition -- Nature and chaos -- Newtonian and chaos-based ethic -- 9. Engineering and a morally deep world -- Self-organizing systems -- A morally deep world -- Engineering in a morally deep world -- Applying the morally deep world view -- 10. Engineering and globalism -- Globalism and globalization -- Emergence of a global ethic.
11. Engineering and love -- Definitions of love -- An ethic of love -- 12. Case study application -- The next generation of land mines -- Advances in automotive technologies in the developing world -- Levees, coastlands, and safety -- National parks, dangerous drivers, and the removal of trees -- 13. Final thoughts -- Bibliography.
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Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Series from website.
Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on September 9, 2009).
Drawing on scholarship from science and technology studies, globalisation and development studies, as well as work in science communication and dialogue, this introductory text sets the scene for an engineering community which engages with the public. In Part 2 Catalano frames the thinking processes necessary to create ethical and just decisions in engineering, to understand the implications of our current decision making processes and think about ways in which we might adapt these to become more socially just in the future. In Part 3 Baillie and Catalano have provided case studies of everyday issues such as water, garbage and alarm clocks, to help us consider how we might see through the lenses of our new knowledge from Parts 1 and 2 and apply this to our every day existence as engineers.
Part II: Engineering: Decisions in the 21st Century Engineers work in an increasingly complex entanglement of ideas, people, cultures, technology, systems and environments. Today, decisions made by engineers often have serious implications for not only their clients but for society as a whole and the natural world. Such decisions may potentially influence cultures, ways of living, as well as alter ecosystems which are in delicate balance. In order to make appropriate decisions and to co-create ideas and innovations within and among the complex networks of communities which currently exist and are be shaped by our decisions, we need to regain our place as professionals, to realise the significance of our work and to take responsibility in a much deeper sense. Engineers must develop the 'ability to respond' to emerging needs of all people, across all cultures.To do this requires insights and knowledge which are at present largely within the domain of the social and political sciences but which needs to be shared with our students in ways which are meaningful and relevant to engineering.This book attempts to do just that. In Part 1 Baillie introduces ideas associated with the ways in which engineers relate to the communities in which they work.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 99-103).

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