The Social and Value Dimensions of Technology

  1. Discuss social issues raised by technology regarding privacy and intellectual property.
    • Read the Case Study 38: “Software for a Library” from the text book and answer the questions at the end. Also, discuss the social ethical issues involved in this study and how they can be resolved. (use the template: Evaluating the Case Study)
  2. Explain the terms determinism, optimism and pessimism in evaluating technology with regards to social effects. (write at least 2 paragraphs for each)

Citation: Charles Harris, Jr., Michael Pritchard, Michael J. Rabins, Ray James, Elaine Englehardt (2013). Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases, 5th Edition. Cengage Learning.

ISBN-13: 978-1-337-05592-5

ISBN-10: 1-337-05592-1


  • The Social and Value Dimensions of Technology (Chapter 4)


  1. How does the line-drawing approach help solve ethical problems and limit the risk on projects? (Approximately 2 paragraphs).
  2. How does working with a team cause potential ethical problems? How can these issues be limited and avoided? (Approximately 2 paragraphs).
  3. What makes engineering a true profession? What are the reasons of engineering not being considered to be the same level as medicine and law? (Approximately 2 paragraphs).
  4. Why is analyzing a case study central to ethical problem solving? What benefits does this analysis provide? (Approximately 2 paragraphs).
  5. Is the problem solving approach presented in this course similar or different from the engineering problem solving approach? Explain how and why it is different or similar? (Approximately 2 paragraphs).

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