Offered Course: Engineering in Global Context (3 credits)

Event Date: November 15, 2013

Engineering In Global Context
Credit Hours: 3.00
Lecture (required): CRN 12441 MW 12:30-1:20 PM ARMS 1109
Recitation (select one):  CRN 12376 F 8:30-9:20 AM ARMS 1028  or CRN
12440 F 9:30-10:20 AM ARMS 1028

The course provides students with opportunities to study how engineering
is intertwined with larger economic, social, cultural, and technological
dynamics in an era of intensified globalization. Its major goals are to
help students understand and appreciate what engineering is, how
engineers are trained, what engineers do, and how engineering and
society interact.

The course approaches these themes through discussion of: the relation
and interaction of engineering, science, technology, and society; the
historical origins and development of engineering as a profession;
diversity issues in engineering and other STEM fields; engineering in
cross-national/cultural contexts; and contemporary challenges related to
globalization, ethics, and sustainability. In summary, the course is
designed to help students understand what it means to identify as,
and/or work with, engineers.

Recitation sections and/or independent projects (at the instructor's
discretion) provide further opportunities for students to expand their
knowledge and improve their skills in relation to course themes.

Typically offered Spring Fall
3.000 Credit hours
Offered By: First Year Engineering
Department: Engineering Education

Course Attributes: Lower Division, GTC-Science, UC-Science, Tech & Society
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe and evaluate the specific kinds of knowledge and methods
typically employed by engineers, including in comparison with other
professional fields.
2. Understand the historical development of engineering education and
the engineering profession in the United States.
3. Recognize how national differences are important in engineering work,
including by comparing and contrasting different national cultures and
styles of engineering.
4. Explain the significance of diversity in engineering education and
professional practice, including by evaluating competing perspectives on
diversity in different historical and sociocultural contexts.
5. Understand contemporary trends and issues related to globalization,
ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability, and interpret their
significance in relation to engineering education and practice.
6. Demonstrate written communication capabilities at the level of
"emerging" or higher (as defined by the Purdue Core Curriculum guidelines).