Globalization and Engineering


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

To understand the forces driving globalization today and throughout history, the impact of globalization on the profession of engineering, and the impact of globalization on the professional lives and training of engineers; to facilitate understanding of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; and to facilitate global responsibility and the ability to work effectively in the global engineering profession.


Each Thursday, students must login from 7:00 - 9:00pm via WebEx for LIVE participation in the class. This course is focused on the multifaceted economic, social, cultural, and technological dynamics of globalization, including associated impacts on engineering education and practice. The course places particular emphasis on emerging Asian economies and Europe, as well as the United States. Instruction is student-centric, highly interactive, and collaborative, emphasizing development of oral and written communication skills, intercultural competence, and teamwork capabilities. Globalization and Engineering is designed for practicing professionals, engineering students, and educators who have engaged, or expect to engage, in global or multicultural projects and collaborations.
Spring 2021 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

The course has four main parts: 1) Weeks 1-4: Globalization (definitions, framings, critiques, etc.), 2) Weeks 5-10: Global Engineering (global engineering practice, humanitarian engineering, intercultural development, etc.), and 3) Weeks 11-14: Engineering Cultures (cross-national perspectives and cases), and 4) Weeks 15-16: Course Synthesis.



Applied / Theory:

25 / 75

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The course has a heavy reading load (up to 75-100 pages/week) and requires a variety of weekly asynchronous learning activities, such as participation in discussion board conversations and/or small group meetings. Three formal writing assignments are also assigned, each about 5-7 pages in length.


No project required.




Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements. WebCam for synchronous group and class meetings.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: