San Diego City College Engineering Ethics Discussion Questions

San Diego City College Engineering Ethics Discussion Questions


Introduction and argument

For your next assignment you will submit the beginning sections of what will become your paper. This should include a paragraph that introduces your topic; tells your readers why it is important, why you care about it and why they should;why it is an ethical question, what implications it has for human life; and, sets out your position clearly and coherently to the intelligent general reader.

Following this, you will provide your reader with an argument for your position. Appealing to widely-held beliefs and facts, you will attempt to convince your reader that your approach is correct or at least reasonable. When making your argument you should start from premises that are likely to be accepted by your readers or that you can back up as factual or likely with sources. You should assume that your readers are reasonable, relatively intelligent, educated laypeople (i.e., non-engineers and non-philosophers) who don’t necessarily know much about philosophical approaches to ethical questions and haven’t thought too deeply about the particular issue you’re addressing. These are the people you should try to convince.

Your argument will be evaluated partly relative to how well it does its job of convincing such a reader. So, make sure you begin from plausible premises and that your conclusion does follow from those premises.

You should also identify one way in which someone might object to your position or argument.

You may use the first person.

As with any paper or essay—and this is the beginning of your paper—this should have a title that makes readers want to see what you have to say.

As you begin to formulate your position and arguments and decide what ethical theories to look at, I encourage you to make use of scheduled (or arranged) office hours. You should begin thinking about other perspectives, both philosophical and engineering that you will address in your rough and final drafts.