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2016/2017 Technology, Policy and Management WM look at TBM Electives
Risk Ethics
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. S. Roeser    S.Roeser@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
M.R. Alfano    M.R.Alfano@tudelft.nl
V.R. Alfano    V.R.Alfano@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. E.H.W.J. Cuppen    E.H.W.J.Cuppen@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.mr.ir. N. Doorn    N.Doorn@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. S. Roeser    S.Roeser@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. S. Roeser    S.Roeser@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.mr.ir. N. Doorn    N.Doorn@tudelft.nl
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Annotatie Aardbevingen Groningen Bouwkunde
Course Contents
This course investigates the important role that emotions can play in sensitizing people to ethical aspects of risks. The earthquakes in Groningen resulting from gas extraction have lead to emotional responses from the local population. Official responses by authorities are based on technocratic approaches that do not sufficiently do justice to the concerns of the population. The emotions of the Groningen population can point to important ethical issues such as responsibility, justice, fairness, equity and autonomy, and concerns about irreplaceable architectural values, which get overlooked in quantitative, technocratic approaches that focus solely on statistical information. Taking emotions seriously can lead to more fruitful deliberations between different stakeholders in which relevant concerns are taken seriously and are explicitly reflected upon.
Study Goals
This course will provide students with an understanding of alternative approaches to risk and emotions. It will also provide them with hands on training to involve emotions in a constructive way in debates. This way, the students will get theoretical and practical expertise on dealing with risk emotions, which will equip them to be involved in a constructive way in the on-going debate about gas extraction and earthquake risks in Groningen, but it will also equip them for a role in other hotly debated siting issues.
Education Method
Preparatory self-study: Getting acquainted with relevant ethical theories as background, via online material developed by the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section (link will be provided via Blackboard), and via relevant passages of the textbook Ibo van de Poel, Lamber Royakkers (2011), Ethics, Technology, and Engineering: An Introduction, Wiley Blackwell (ch 1, 3, 6, 8).

Lectures, close reading of texts and discussions of text that have to be prepared before each lecture (see reading list that will be provided via Blackboard)

Tutorial with a role playing game to develop and try out an ‘emotional deliberation method’
Multiple choice exam (30% of final grade) to test preparatory self-study (based on online material and passages from textbook)

2000 word essay (70% of final grade) based on work during the course and further study
MSc level