2019 - 2020

  Practical Ethics for Stem Students  
Prof. Gannot IsraelEngineering Studies - Classrooms206 Mon1600-1900 Sem  2
University credit hours:  3.0

Course description

0553-7000-01 Practical Ethics for STEM students;

This is an interdisciplinary course on leadership, decision making, and the application of

ethics to real world problems. TAU engineering students will be involved after graduation

in Academy, Government and especially in the Hi-Tech industry. They will interact in a

global and diverse world. The goal of this course is to give students a deep and practical

decisions making tools, and in particular how to approach difficult decisions where there

is no clearly right answer.

There are two parts in this course.

In the first part we cover important concepts in the practical application of ethics, in

decision making, and in understanding the scenario at hand.

In the second part, we take a deep look at major practical ethical issues resulting from

the newfound capabilities made possible by emerging technologies. The power of

emerging technologies to modify our world will only increase and become more pressing

in coming years. Autonomous machines, Artificial Intelligence and gene editing are some

examples of major ones.

The first part is a combination of class meetings, online material, readings and asynchronous

discussions. In the second part, the class is divided into several small group.

They will set time and location to discuss a major subject that will be defined during the

first part of the course. This subject will change each time the course will be offered.

The course is open to all faculty of Engineering, Exact sciences, Life sciences and other

who are interested in this topic.

Fur further information, please contact me by e-mail:

Israel Gannot, gannoti@tauex.tau.ac.il

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