Technology assessment and Engineering Ethics- how to build a socially sustainable future, 5 cr


Target group:
Engineering students, all fields.
A course for you who aim at becoming a true engineer and a true human, building a better world for all of us. Engineering, for most engineers, is much more about finding common grounds and win-win solutions with all kind of stakeholders than about pure number-crunching. This cannot be achieved without reflection about values – often differing values and goals. Thus, this course is helpful for all engineers. This course, together with the course Global Teamwork Skills, is of special importance for those who aim at a leading role in a multicultural environment.


Learning goals:
After the course the student should be familiar with basics about Technology Assessment, Circular Economy and Ethical theory, corporate ethics and most importantly, have an understanding of the human aspects of engineering work.
The goal is to give the students building blocks in their strive towards ethical autonomy at work.

Mode of delivery:
All lectures and tasks for the course will be shared with you on the course platform Moodle.
Computer with a Teams-connection are therefore needed.
During the course, there will be regular online sessions for questions and answers. Furthermore, we will arrange a few discussions and presentations online.
Otherwise the course will be asynchronous, with small tasks to do spread over several weeks. This makes it possible to combine this course with other full-time studies.  You can do this course where and when it suites you, in your own pace, fast or slow. 

Alongside the lectures and tasks, there will be recommended readings from
Withbeck, C.: Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research, first or second edition and from other sources.
Readings will be specified on Moodle.

Last date of application Jan 17th 2021, students will be contacted by teacher after this.

Timetable and content of course:

* Week 4/21
Technology assessment, core concepts, aims with TA, criteria etc.

* Week 5/21
Circular Economy, core concepts, business models etc.

* Week  6/21
Assignments on TA & CE.

* Week 7/21
Morality - an introduction to what we might mean with the concept.
Professional values responsibilities and judgement.

* Week 8/21
Group discussions online
or in Teams-chatt (3 to 4 students per group) and tasks around the above mentioned topics.

* Week 10/21    
Ethical theory, such as utilitarian ethics, rule based ethics, virtue ethics, rights based ethics and a few more. (asynchronous lectures)

* Week 11/21         
Small case studies in groups of three students.

* Week 12/21
- Engineering ethics in the context of CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility or CR, Corporate Responsibility. (Asynchronous lectures).
Engineers work in a context, an organization and these organizations define much of the boundaries for the engineer’s behavior. Thus, it is important for an engineer to have an idea about corporate ethics as well. 

* Week 13/21  
More case studies to solve in groups.
This time you are expected to give a presentation of your reasoning and your results in an online session (or recorded one, the main thing is that it has to be shared with the other students).
1/3 of your grading for the course will be based on this presentation. 1/3 of your grades come from a short written assignment based on the other group’s presentations of their cases. The last 1/3 of the grading is based on the small assignments handed in during the course.

Course end on April 5th 2021

1 – 2 The students does the assignments and shows a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts introduced in the course.

 3 – 4 The student can analyze the cases based on the ethical theories presented in the course and also discuss alternative courses of actions in the cases from different ethical, technical and economical perspectives based on TA and CE-frameworks.

5 In addition to the above mentioned, the students shows a good mature understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in different ethical perspectives and can also evaluate their applicability in engineering practice as presented in the cases.The student also shows an ability to evaluate technical solutions based on the content of the course in terms of TA and CE.


Teacher/contact person:
Roger Nylund (, +358 505 272 281) 


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26.01.2021 - 15.04.2021


75€ If you are a student and study via Campusonline this course is for free. Costs for Open UAS is 15€/cr. You can complete a number of credits during a semester with a single payment of 100 euro. Please contact if you have questions regarding this. A link for Payment will be send for those who have to pay (Open UAS students) after start of course.