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Case Studies - Science & Engineering

 When teaching ethics to students, case studies are a valuable resource. Experts say that when using case studies to teach, it is most effective to use studies to which the students can relate. By doing this, you create a conflict within the students' minds. As a result of this, they will be prodded to resolve the conflict. This leads the students to identify the ethical problem at hand, and will send them on a journey to find a solution. By choosing a problem to which the students can relate, you create an active learning environment, which is also a successful one.

General Engineering Cases

Case Studies in Physics & Engineering (SUNY-Buffalo)
Cases on Engineering Practice Ethics (OEC)
Professional Ethics in Engineering (NSPE Cases) 

Featuring the following topics: Public Safety and Welfare, Conflicting Interests and Conflict of Interest, Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade Practices, International Engineering Ethics, and Research Ethics.

NSF Cases (Chemical Engineering)
NSF Cases (Mechanical Engineering)
NSF Cases (Electrical Engineering)
NSF Cases (Civil Engineering)
Engineering Case Library

General Science Cases

Case Studies in Science 

The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science has compiled a Case Study Collection. Cases are divided by category.

Research Integrity Cases

Responsible Research Scenarios (Online Ethics Center)
Research Integrity
Sites at TAMU
Moral Leadership

Student-centered Cases

Cases developed by PSU students

A compilation of case studies provided by Penn State Students. A brief description accompanies the link to the complete case study. All student case study examples are also available on downloadable files in Microsoft Word 2000 format.