2021 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences2:Ethics in Engineering

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Humanities and social science courses
Majima Shunzo 
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Course description and aims

This class examines research ethics. The purpose of the class is to acquire knowledge and skills for practising responsible research conduct. The class investigates cases in which research ethics matters by using an ethical decision-making method.

Student learning outcomes

Students are expected to be able to: 1) explain what research ethics is; 2) explain what an ethical decision-making method is; and, 3) solve moral problems in research by using the ethical decision-making method.


ethics of science and technology, research ethics

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

lecture and group discussion

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 introduction Be able to explain what research ethics is.
Class 2 Why does research ethics matter? Read and summarise the introductory chapter of the textbook.
Class 3 ethical issues in research methods Read and summarise Chapter 1 of the textbook
Class 4 ethical issues in planning and conducting research, and presenting research results Read and summarise Chapter 2 of the textbook
Class 5 research misconduct Read and summarise Chapter 3 of the textbook
Class 6 responsibility of supervisors and institutions Read and summarise Chapter 4 of the textbook
Class 7 wrap up Take 'THE LAB' the e-learning course.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Shunzo Majima, et al (eds.), *Jinbunnsyakaaikagakunotamenokenkyuurinrigaidobukku* (in Japanese), Keio University Press, 2015.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Editing Committee 'For the Sound Development of Science', *For the Sound Development of Science-The Attitude of a Conscientious Scientist-*, Maruzen, 2015.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class attendance is the prerequisite for assessment. Assignments (60%) and term report (40%).

Related courses

  • LAH.T105 : Ethics in Engineering A
  • LAH.T206 : Ethics in Engineering B
  • LAH.T305 : Ethics in Engineering C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

none required


No classes will be given on April 14 (Wed).
Seven total classes will be held for this course: April 21 (Wed), April 28 (Wed), May 12 (Wed), May 19 (Wed), May 26 (Wed), June 2 (Wed), June 9 (Wed).

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