Course details

Ethics of Technology and Business

ETA Acad. year 2010/2011 Summer semester 3 credits

Current academic year

Course is not open in this year
The ethics of technology and business is focused on the discrepancy between the possible and the ethically correct. In view of the ever increasing influence of technology on human existence, the awareness of ethics forms an inseparable component of any technical or entrepreneurial decision making.
A social science course consed to Programme in persuance of the Rector's Decision 03/2004.


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Time span

26 hrs lectures

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Better competence in professional decision making.

Learning objectives

General ethics of human social existence and behaviour, and an introduction to the professional ethics in technology.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

No prerequisity knowledge is called for.

Study literature

The students will be recommended essays and articles from philosophical journals.

Syllabus of lectures

  • Basic terms in the field of ethics and ethos.
  • Starting points for basic standards of human ethos.
  • Technology in the context of human cultures, and the specific character of the Euro-american culture.
  • Ethical aspects of technology in the past and the present.
  • Decision criteria and horizons, and values.
  • Extreme attitudes towards technology and the search for compromises.
  • Liberalism in the contemporary economic order and its alternatives.
  • Ethical maxims of early capitalism and their shifts.
  • Real and ideal ethos in economy: influences and limits.
  • Ethos in international and capital trades.
  • Ethos and law relationship.

Exam prerequisites

  • 70% attendance at lectures.
  • A written essay on a philosophical topic.

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