Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 1439–1450

Teaching Science, Technology, and Society to Engineering Students: A Sixteen Year Journey


DOI: 10.1007/s11948-011-9329-4

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Ozaktas, H.M. Sci Eng Ethics (2013) 19: 1439. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9329-4


The course Science, Technology, and Society is taken by about 500 engineering students each year at Bilkent University, Ankara. Aiming to complement the highly technical engineering programs, it deals with the ethical, social, cultural, political, economic, legal, environment and sustainability, health and safety, reliability dimensions of science, technology, and engineering in a multidisciplinary fashion. The teaching philosophy and experiences of the instructor are reviewed. Community research projects have been an important feature of the course. Analysis of teaching style based on a multi-dimensional model is given. Results of outcome measurements performed for ABET assessment are provided. Challenges and solutions related to teaching a large class are discussed.


Science, technology, and society educationSTS educationEngineering ethics educationTeaching large classesABETAccreditationCommunity research

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringBilkent UniversityBilkent, AnkaraTurkey