Design for society - an innovative multidisciplinary course for engineering technology

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Abstract

This paper is an overview of an innovative multidisciplinary course that has been offered since the spring of 1996 at Penn State Harrisburg. In addition to reviewing the nature of the course as it is being taught in spring 1997, the paper follows the development of the course and the author's interest in the broad area of engineering for a better future. The course is innovative for a combination of factors: It goes beyond `green engineering' to discuss ethics, diverse cultural critiques of technology, and the politics of technology. It is a technical elective and requires a significant group design project. It qualifies as a `Diversity-Focused' course and considers three specific cultural groups and their attitudes toward technology: feminists, the Amish, and Native Americans. It makes use of collaborative groups throughout the course and requires considerable writing and speaking assignments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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