Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems




Scientist in blue gloves, holding a leaf in right hand
Credit: Chokniti Khongchum from Pexel licensed under CC0


This section of the course will satisfy the requirements of the Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) program, covering responsible conduct of research (RCR) issues, such as: the acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership of data; publication practices and responsible authorship; conflicts of interest and commitment; research misconduct (falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism); peer review; collaborative science; mentor/trainee responsibilities; human subjects protections; and animal welfare.

Lesson Objectives

  • Build knowledge and comprehension of procedural ethics.
  • Define, recognize, give examples, and interpret situations through an analysis of procedural ethics.
  • Identify and classify where conflicts of interest, and other procedural ethics, may occur in given examples.
  • Explain and defend reasoning for claims.

What is due for Lesson 2?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Course Syllabus for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.

Lesson 2: Assignments
Requirements Assignment Details
To Do Read and familiarize yourself with all the Lesson 2 materials.
Read Week 2:
  • Course website Lesson 2 materials (Parts 1-4). Work through some of the self-assessments on your own.
  • Becker, Christian U. 2012. Sustainability ethics and sustainability research. Dordrecht: Springer. Chapters 1-5 (PDF in Canvas folder.) 
  • Complete the required SARI/CITI training module.
Assignment Week 2:
  • Instructions for completing a single, online training session will appear in Canvas during the second week of class. The training session requires passing the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course. At the end of the module, you will receive a certificate of successful completion. You will forward notice of completion to the instructor for credit. (Note, this is a training requirement for ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS at Penn State. This course has given you the space to complete this training within the timeframe of the course.) SARI= Scholarship and Research Integrity, CITI= Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, and RCR= Responsible Conduct of Research. Completion of assignment = 10 pts, regardless of the passing score on the CITI module.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not email), located under the Discussions tab in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.