Applied Ethics

Academic Responsibility

apl. Prof. Dr. Wulf Kellerwessel

Institute of Philosophy
RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Teaching and research area Gender and Diversity in Engineering Sciences
RWTH Aachen

Sebastian Bernhard, M.A.

Teaching and research area Gender and Diversity in Engineering Sciences
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person

Sebastian Bernhard, M.A.

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Gender und Diversity in den Ingenieurwissenschaften
RWTH Aachen





Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


C.A.R.L. | H07

Claßenstr. 11
52072 Aachen


With regard to a globally sustainable development of society and technology, we are today faced with a multitude of very different challenges and tasks that are accompanied by moral differences or conflicts. Argumentatively convincing solutions must be sought for these, which can or should be incorporated into political decisions or technical innovation processes.

A number of such challenges are addressed in different areas of “applied ethics”. These include, for example, the ethics of research, science and technology (which can be further subdivided into machine ethics, robot ethics, ethics of autonomous driving, AI ethics …), climate, environmental and sustainability ethics, business ethics, bioethics and medical ethics, but also the ethics of war and humanitarian interventions. In addition, feminist ethics is another perspective that analyses social injustices in the sense of social sustainability and presents corresponding solutions in the sense of gender justice.

In all these areas, specific questions arise for which answers are to be found with the help of different ethical theories such as virtue ethics, ethics of duty or utilitarianism. At the same time, the thematic plurality of applied ethics makes it clear that the nature of the research field requires an interdisciplinary exchange, which is guaranteed by the implementation in the “Leonardo” project.

Learning Outcomes

The intention is that the students have an understanding of the problems and a basic knowledge of the procedures and argumentation methods in several sub-areas of applied ethics through the lectures. They should be able to recognise basic problems and analyse them with the help of basic moral philosophical knowledge. In addition, they should be able to (comparatively) evaluate proposed solutions for problem situations with the help of ethical considerations. At the same time, this should strengthen their ability to critically and reflectively deal with current problems of society. Furthermore, the lecture will strengthen interdisciplinary communication skills and create an awareness for a responsible and sustainable design of society and technology.



General organisational meeting


Peace through Law. On the Ethics of War and Peace

Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. Wilfried Hinsch
Faculty of Philosophy, Universität zu Köln


What is the relevance of feminist ethics today?

Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. Hertha Nagl-Docekal
Institute of philosophy, Universität Wien


Discourse Ethics in Times of Climate Change

Sebastian Bernhard, M.A.
Research Group Gender and Diversity in Engineering


Ecological Sustainability from the Perspective of Business Ethics

Dr. oec. Karin Kottenbauer
Chair of Computational Economics, RWTH Aachen


Ethics of AI

Ph.D. Cansu Canca
Founder + Director, AI Ethics Lab

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.

In the following you will find all exams offered in this course. If you register the examination in RWTHonline, you will also find the assignment to the designations displayed in RWTHonline here:



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Protocol with Analysis

Term Paper (4 CP)

Project "Leonardo": Study Paper

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