Teaching Professionalism and Ethics

by John D. Kemper, Dean; College of Engrg., Univ. of California at Davis, Davis, Calif.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 4, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article


Controversies surrounding the meaning of the term professionalism are examined, as well as the influence of these controversies on what should be taught to engineers in courses on professionalism. Professors are warned to avoid the pitfalls of propagandizing students, in presenting issues with right and wrong answers. A brief description is given of subject matter included in a junior/senior course in engineering professionalism offered at University of California, Davis.

Subject Headings: Ethics | Faculty | Students | Engineering education | Engineering profession

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