Starting with basic terminologies and ethical thoughts by many thinkers from India and abroad, the book discusses the basic tenets of professionals and professionalism, moral development theories and ethical theories, ethics in engineering, engineer's responsibility for safety, responsibilities and rights of individuals and professionals, many global ethical issues related to business including CSR, environment, life sciences, media, war and research. The book also discusses intellectual property rights and ethical issues related to this as a global phenomenon, development and detailing of ethical codes from many professional areas like engineering, medicine, law along with codes of professional conduct prescribed by some corporate entities. The book has, in addition, a chapter devoted to discussion on human values and attitudes which are basic to ethical decisions and actions. There is also a chapter on ethical audit which is a new concept in the field of business. The concluding chapter is on ethical living discussing the basic human needs based on Maslow's and ERG theories together with the philosophical background for ethical living by individuals and professionals.
The chapter end exercises push students to think out of the box and test them with a variety of problems they could face in their professional lives. A 'What Do You Think' section at the end of the chapter seeks student's opinion on a lot of current ethical issues the country is faced with. There is a also an 'Ethically Speaking' section which provides hypothetical ethical dilemmas and questions based on such situations challenging students to find an ethical answer.
R. Subramanian retired as Professor and Head of the Civil Engineering Department, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chandigarh. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kerala University and a master's degree in structural engineering from the University of Roorkee. He has over 35 years of experience in teaching subjects such as applied mechanics, strength of materials, theory of structures, and other related subjects to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has worked for several years in the area of teacher training, curriculum development, instructional design, and instructional material development. Professor Subramanian has authored Strength of Materials (2005), Surveying and Levelling (2007) and Strength of Materials: Theory and Problems (2010), all published by OUP India.
BASIC CONCEPTS; 1.1 INTRODUCTION; 1.2 ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK; 1.3 TERMINOLOGY; 1.4 STAKE HOLDERS; 1.5 GOVERNING EDICTS; 1.6 CONTEXTUAL ASPECTS; 1.7 ETHICAL DILEMMAS; 1.8 LIFE SKILLS; 1.9 EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE; 1.10 INDIAN AND WESTERN THOUGHTS ON ETHICS; 1.11 VALUE EDUCATION; 1.12 DIMENSIONS OF ETHICS; 1.13 SETTING GOALS IN LIFE; 1.14 IMPORTANCE OF MORALITY AND ETHICS; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONALISM; 2.1 INTRODUCTION; 2.2 MEANING OF PROFESSION; 2.3 PROFESSIONALS; 2.4 PROFESSIONALISM; 2.5 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS; 2.6 PROFESSIONAL'S ROLES; 2.7 PROFESSIONAL RISKS; 2.8 PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY; 2.9 SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONAL; 2.10 AMBITION AND SATISFACTION; 2.11 ETHICS AND PROFESSION; 2.12 IMAGE OF THE PROFESSION; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; ETHICAL THEORIES; 3.1 INTRODUCTION; 3.2 BASIC ETHICAL PRINCIPLES; 3.3 MORAL DEVELOPMENT THEORIES; 3.4 CLASSIFICATION OF ETHICAL THEORIES; 3.5 SOME BASIC THEORIES; 3.6 MORAL ISSUES; 3.7 MORAL DILEMMAS; 3.8 MORAL AUTONOMY; 3.9 RELIGION AND ETHICS; 3.10 TYPES OF ENQUIRY; 3.11 USES OF ETHICAL THEORIES; EXAMPLES; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; ETHICS IN ENGINEERING PROFESSION; 4.1 INTRODUCTION; 4.2 ENGINEERING PROFESSION; 4.3 ENGINEERING AS SOCIAL EXPERIMENTATION; 4.4 ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS; 4.5 ENGINEERING ETHICS; 4.6 ROLES OF ENGINEERS; 4.7 BALANCED OUTLOOK ON LAW; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; ENGINEERS' RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY; 5.1 INTRODUCTION; 5.2 SAFETY AND RISK; 5.3 ASSESSMENT OF RISK; 5.4 RISK AND COST; 5.5 ENGINEER'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY; 5.6 RISK BENEFIT ANALYSIS; 5.7 RISK COSTS AND MANAGEMENT; 5.8 CASE STUDIES; 5.9 PROVIDING FOR SAFE EXIT; 5.10 ETHICAL ISSUES; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS OF PROFESSIONALS; 6.1 INTRODUCTION; 6.2 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS CITIZENS; 6.3 PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES; 6.4 PROFESSIONAL RIGHTS; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; GLOBAL ISSUES; 7.1 INTRODUCTION; 7.2 CURRENT SCENARIO; 7.3 BUSINESS ETHICS; 7.4 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS; 7.5 COMPUTER ETHICS; 7.6 MEDIA ETHICS; 7.7 WAR ETHICS; 7.8 BIOETHICS; 7.9 RESEARCH ETHICS; 7.10 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT; 7.11 PROFESSIONALS AND ETHICS; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; ETHICAL CODES; 8.1 INTRODUCTION; 8.2 NEED FOR ETHICAL CODES; 8.3 SAMPLE CODES; 8.5 CORPORATE CODES; 8.7 LIMITATIONS OF THE CODES; REVIEW QUESTIONS; ETHICAL AUDITS; 9.1 INTRODUCTION; 9.2 NEED FOR ETHICAL AUDIT; 9.3 ETHICAL PROFILE OF ORGANIZATIONS; 9.4 ETHICAL STANDARDS AND BENCHMARKING; 9.5 AUDIT BRIEF; 9.6 ETHICAL AUDITORS; 9.7 PROCEDURE FOR ETHICAL AUDIT; 9.8 ETHICAL AUDIT REPORT; 9.9 EXAMPLES; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; HUMAN VALUES AND ATTITUDES; 10.1 INTRODUCTION; 10.2 TERMINOLOGY; 10.3 DOMAINS OF LEARNING; 10.4 HUMAN VALUES; 10.5 ATTITUDES; 10.6 VALUES, ATTITUDES AND PROFESSIONALS; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; ETHICAL LIVING; 11.1 INTRODUCTION; 11.2 NEEDS OF LIFE; 11.3 HARMONY IN LIFE; 11.4 WHAT IS ETHICAL LIVING?; REVIEW QUESTIONS; GROUP EXERCISES; ONLINE RESOURCES; APPENDIX A - ADDITONAL CASES FOR DISCUSSION; ARUNA SHANBAUGH; RUCHIKA GIRHOTRA; NEED FOR SALARY CAP; 2G SPECTRUM SCAM; ADARSH SOCIETY; COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCAM; SATYAM SCAM; MANJUNATH CASE; FAKE PILOT LICENSE CASE; APPENDIX B - TRIPS AGREEMENT; APPENDIX C - DECLARATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND HUMAN DUTIES; ADDITIONAL READING MATERIAL