Analysis (SIA) Paper?
The best professional ethic is a proactive, preventative one. The ideal is to anticipate and solve
problems before they occur. This kind of forward looking problem solving can be complex. It
requires a thorough understanding of the situation or technology under consideration as well as a
sophisticated view of the potential positive and negative consequences of the situation/technology.
All technology, even the most beneficially intended, has negative consequences.
In the Social Impact Analysis (SIA), you will be given the opportunity to develop some of these
forward looking skills as you analyze a leading edge design, product or concept related to your
field of study or that you are otherwise interested in. You will be given latitude to choose your
topic (it will need to be approved) and conduct the relevant, rigorous research necessary to
understand the positive and negative implications of the design/product/concept.You will be
expected to consider the most credible arguments for and against your topic. Finally, you will need
to develop a well-reasoned position on the topic. You will need to explain why we should or should
not deploy the design/product/concept you are analyzing. In developing your position, you will need
to anticipate and respond to the most forceful objections to it. Keep in mind that any given
technology can and often does have psychological, financial, and social impacts over and above its
immediate physical impacts.
You will be asked to synthesize the insights you have been developing throughout this course.
Specifically, you will be asked to apply one of the ethical theories we have discussed in this
course. Additionally, you may choose to apply, in detail, the relevant canons from your
discipline’s code of ethics. Insights developed from examining contemporary ethical challenges will
be important to include as well.
NOTE: The information above is to let you know what the SIA paper is talking about.
What I need you to do is a Proposal, and the instructions is below.
This is Social Impact Analysis (SIA) Proposal.
In your Social Impact Analysis (SIA), you will be asked to analyze a leading edge design, product
or concept. The idea is to choose a technology that has not been fully deployed yet and analyze its
potential positive and negative social impacts. These include not only physical impacts (e.g. human
health) but psychological, social, cultural, and financial impacts as well. This analysis, then,
entails looking forward and trying to make a well-reasoned case for or against the technology in
You will be given a fair amount of latitude with respect to the topic you choose. It must be
relevant to your discipline and feature a leading edge technology (this can include novel
applications of well-established technologies).
You will need to submit a topic proposal. It should be approximately 400+ words long and include a
brief description of the technology you have chosen along with a statement about why this topic is
important (and relevant to engineering ethics). Finally, you should anticipate potential benefits
and drawbacks to this technology.
1. Submit a 400+ word (approximately) topic proposal to the SIA Proposal link below as a Word
document (.doc or .docx).
2. Make sure the document includes your name and other relevant information in a header.
3. You will need to conduct preliminary research on your topic. You are required to list at
least three (3) sources you researched in preparing the proposal. Sources such as Wikipedia and
Answers.com do not count.