851-0125-71L  Whose Responsibility for What? On Individual and Collective Responsibility

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersL. Wingert
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentParticularly suitable for students of D-ARCH, D-BAUG, D-HEST, D-MTEC, D-USYS

Doctoral students can receive credit for the achievements of this course in the section "Transferable Skills".


851-0125-71 GWer ist für was verantwortlich? Über persönliche individuelle und kollektive Verantwortung2 hrs
Wed16:15-18:00HG D 7.1 »
10.01.11:15-14:00HG D 1.1 »
17.01.11:15-14:00HG D 1.1 »
L. Wingert

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AbstractResponsibility is a key concept in ethics: The individual's responsibility is emphasized. Contrary to that, one often points to the limits of a person's responsibility, e.g. for a stock market crash, for greenhouse gas emissions, for injust social conditions. What belongs to to our responsibility as individuals and what to our collective responsibility? And do robots have responsibilities?
Objective1. Certain concepts should be clarified: e.g., the very meaning of "being responsible for one's actions and its consequences". To what extent are we responsible for the social conditions we find ourselves in?

2. One theoretical position in the philosophy of sociality holds that only individual persons (and not firms, institutions, or states) can be responsible for action and social conditions. Students should be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this thesis (methodological individualism).

3. What does responsibility mean in special social spheres like the economy and the sciences? What does a citizen's collective and personal responsibility consist in?
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersL. Wingert
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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