Iain Skinner, Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications
"So you teach ethics?"
Yes, for many years I have been involved in teaching ethics. Furthermore, I enjoy it.
People often ask me what I teach. Upon my answering, there is a pregnant pause, invariably followed by one of the following questions.
- What ethics do you teach?
- How do you teach ethics?
- What difference does it make anyway?
If the conversation goes long enough, all three will get asked at some time. Consideration shows these same three questions are fundamental to teaching anything.
- What is the syllabus?
- What are the learning activities?
- Is it worth the effort?
But why is that people ask them in the context of ethics and not, say, optical waveguides (my technical specialty)? Why is ethics special in this way?
We will explore what excites and what frustrates each other about teaching ethics. And, yes, I do have defensible answers to the key questions, but I would much prefer to hear yours, instead of just telling
Outcomes for Participants
- new ideas on how to teach ethics and how to identify the worth of doing so
- encouragement that your frustrations are not unique
Oh, and incidentally, everyone teaches ethics. But that is another story.
This Seminar will be presented by Iain Skinner, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.
LG29, John Goodsell Building (Lower Ground)