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Books

Doing Good and Avoiding Evil
by Lisa Newton

Dr. Lisa Newton has written this manual for use in her courses in professional and practical ethics and has consented to having it posted for wider use. It has an extensive collection of cases and supplies a method for coming to understand the sorts of ethical problems that arise for professionals, among other things. If you quote the manual or use it, you should cite Dr. Newton as the author, give the title, and cite the web site address as the source.


Ethical Decision Making in Social Work
by Wade Robison & Linda Reeser

The following text is downloadable via Adobe pdf, and it is free. We would appreciate your citing the text and the authors if you make use of the text. You also need to mention that the text was originally published by Allyn & Bacon (Needham Heights, MA: 2000). The ISBN is 0-205-30779-5. You may download the entire book by clicking on the title below. Each chapter may be downloaded by clicking on the chapter title. You may also download each section of each chapter, including the questions, by clicking on each section title.


The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
by David Brooks

Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy—who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn’t my mountain after all. There’s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.


Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180 AD. He governed over a golden era of the Roman Empire. Despite being an emperor Marcus had a difficult life. Marcus ruled as a philosopher king, he practiced Stoicism and wrote about his own Stoic practice in his journals. Meditations is considered one of the pillars of western philosophy and literature. It is also a rare primary source into the mind of a man who ruled over one of the greatest empires built by man.


Videos

Academic Integrity: The Bridge To Professional Ethics

Produced by the Center for Applied Ethics at Duke University. Script was written by Aarne Vesilind, the Center's director at the time of production.


The 59 Story Crisis: A Lesson in Professional Behavior

William LeMessurier, one of the nation's most distinguished structural engineers, served as design and construction consultant on the innovative Citicorp headquarters tower, which was completed in 1977 in New York. The next year, after a college student studying the tower design had called him to point out a possible deficiency, LeMessurier discovered that the building was indeed structurally deficient. LeMessurier faced a complex and difficult problem of professional responsibility in which he had to alert a broad group of people to the structural deficiency and enlist their cooperation in repairing the deficiency before a hurricane brought the building down. His story was recounted in detail in "The Fifty-Nine-Story Crisis," which appeared in the May 29, 1995 issue of The New Yorker, and on November 17, 1995, LeMessurier himself came to MIT, from which he received his doctorate, to speak to prospective engineers about the decisions he had to make and the actions he took.


A Major Malfunction

On Jan. 28, 1986, seven astronauts "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." America's space program was never the same.


How to Steal $500 Million

Frontline begins at approximately 1 hour into program.


Articles

Syllabi

Links

Illinois Institute of Technology

A catalog of over 850 codes of ethics


Virginia Tech Dept of Computer Science

Another set of codes of ethics curated by the Virginia Tech Comp Sci Department


Center for Applied Ethics

Another set of ethics codes which includes Canadian professional societies.


Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute

Here you can find a short list of codes of ethics and a very good list of links to ethics centers and general ethics information


The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility

De Montefort University is one of the best sites for computer science. It has a European flavour, its treatment of privacy, for instance, evolving around the European Union's responses to the issue. It is fairly thorough and is updated frequently.


Mudough Center

The Mudough Center at Texas Tech contains, among its other features, a nice set of cases in engineering ethics.


Online Ethics

A very well-organized and thorough site devoted to ethical issues in engineering and science, including research ethics. It contains cases among its numerous resources as well as a host of useful links.


The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

Western Michigan University has a useful manual on how to handle ethical cases and a set of cases on engineering ethics developed by Michael Pritchard through an NSF grant. These case studies have sets of comments by philosophers and engineers.


Escape! by NOVA

NOVA has a four-part series that lays out what engineers have done in response to past disasters to make accidents more survivable. The aim is to engineer so as to avoid harm.


University of Delaware

The University of Delaware has developed a booklet and on-line quiz regarding ethically responsible computer use that is required of all its students.


Video Case Studies in Business Ethics and Ethics

James Brusseau at Pace University has assembled some video case studies for business ethics.


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