Experiences in Social Innovation: A Platform for Ethics Through a School of Engineering Studies

Experiences in Social Innovation: A Platform for Ethics Through a School of Engineering Studies

Domingo Alfonso Martín Sánchez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and Ana García Laso (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8182-6.ch028

Abstract

Convergence is an opportunity to determine the possibility to train students in social skills, assuming that our universities provide valuable training in specific technical and professional skills. This study presents the strategy followed in the Mines and Energy Engineering School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM from its name in Spanish) to enhance social learning through a program based on the assembly of training practices on Mentoring, Service Learning and social consciousness (Ethics and values in engineering). In this article we discuss about social motivation through social collaboration with qualified entities in the Spanish social landscape such as Tomillo Foundation, Congregation Mary Immaculate as well as looking to a future collaboration with the Ana Bella Foundation.
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The main objective of this project is to provide engineering students with training in applied ethical criteria. This implies a complete training in the values that would ​​transmit to them the need to adhere to ethical and good practice codes in all their activities, and that includes the creation of social values inherent to any of their actions.

The factors that emerge as determinants of this positive evolution are as follows:

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