Syllabus for Engineering Ethics


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE687
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2012-03-06
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-06-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2015
  • Entry requirements:

    30 credits in engineering, alternatively 10 credits in advanced level courses in industrial management.

  • Responsible department: Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing basic knowledge of ethics for engineers in different types of work roles and prepare the engineer for potential ethical dilemmas in their future profession. Special emphasis is placed on ethics in technology-intensive activities.

After the course the student should be able to:

  • describe theories and tools in the field of ethics, both traditional moral philosophy and more modern theories, as well as the connections between ethics and other fields of knowledge,
  • identify ethical problems and dilemmas in technological and organisational contexts,
  • analyse situations with the studied ethical theory.


The course consists of three integrated components: moral philosophy, case studies and industry perspectives, as well as the code of conduct for engineers. Moral Philosophy: basic ethical theories such as utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics, but also more modern theories such as discourse ethics and feminist ethics. Case Study: Analysis of examples of situations which engineers may encounter in their professional life with the help of the studied ethical theory. Industry Perspective: discussion with professionally active engineers on ethical issues they have encountered during their career.


Lectures and seminars.


Assignments and active participation in seminars.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2015

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Andersson, Dan-Erik; Lennerfors, Thomas Taro Etik

    1. uppl.: Malmö: Liber, 2011

    Find in the library


  • Harris, Charles E.; Pritchard, Michael S.; Rabins, Michael J. Engineering ethics : concepts and cases

    2. ed.: Belmont: Wadsworth, cop. 2000

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26