Teaching product liability as an ethical issue in engineering and computer science

Joseph R. Herkert, Brian M. O'Connell

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Abstract

This paper discusses the ethical implications of product liability and strategies for teaching product liability as an ethical issue to engineering and computer science students. The product liability climate can have substantial impact on the working environment of engineers charged with product safety. Many product liability controversies turn on the notion of "standard of care", which has both legal and ethical dimensions. The importance of product liability as an ethical issue can be demonstrated for students by considering the well-known Therac-25 and McDonald's coffee cases as well as less-publicized but more common cases involving appliances and hand tools. Such cases not only illuminate ethical issues and dilemmas posed by product liability claims and policy, but also help to clarify the relationship between law and ethics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
PagesS2A12
Volume3
ISBN (Print)0780379616
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003 - Westminster, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2003Nov 8 2003

Other

Other33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003
CountryUnited States
CityWestminster
Period11/5/0311/8/03

Keywords

  • Computer ethics
  • Engineering ethics
  • Product liability
  • Standard of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Education

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