Conducting online course dialogue on the ethics of the weapons design
Recently, a one credit online engineering class was developed for the Virginia Tech Engineering Education department. The class was intended for engineering transfer students and was open to all students from the university. The course was institutionalized and is also a part of the distance education program. This online engineering ethics course was designed as an asynchronous class and consist of ten modules with topics that range from Codes & Professional Societies to Environmental and Global Issues. Several of the modules require participation in an asynchronous discussion where it is a critical component of any ethics class. Lectures of this class primarily focus on the design of weapons and possible conflicts with codes of ethics, a brief overview of just war theory, and the concept of negative responsibility.
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