SEFI Ethics Seminar: Using case studies in engineering ethics education

  • Martin, D. (Organiser)
  • Aditya Johri (Contributor)
  • Cindy Rottmann (Contributor)
  • Dympna O’Sullivan (Contributor)
  • Thomas Lennerfors (Contributor)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific


Case studies are considered to be the most used method in engineering ethics instruction, but despite their popularity, there is little known on how they are presented, the kind of cases used, how they should be taught, and what approach serves the achievement of which learning goals. The seminar aims to respond to the need for guidance in the area of engineering ethics case instruction, bringing together four educators who have experience with developing and using case studies. Each of the four speakers will present an engineering ethics case study they developed, hoping to inspire engineering instructors in the use of case studies, as well as fostering a discussion about the broader goals and frameworks related to their application.

Cindy Rottmann (University of Toronto, Canada) Decoupling ethics from equity is neither ethical nor equitable
Aditya Johri (George Mason University, USA) Implementing Role-Play Case Studies for Teaching Ethics in Online Classes
Dympna O’Sullivan (TU Dublin, Ireland) Dark Patterns: When Software Engineers go to the Dark Side
Thomas Lennerfors (Uppsala University, Sweden): Case hacks: Four hacks for promoting critical thinking in education for sustainable development
Period4 Mar 2021
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • engineering ethics education
  • case studies