How can engineers work for social justice in their careers and daily lives? In what ways are everyday people affected disproportionately by the decisions and practices of the engineering field? Most importantly, who defines the problems we solve and the communities we serve? These questions, as well as discussions about the sociopolitical context and underlying values of engineering, are notably absent from most technically-focused engineering curricula. This DeCal intends to fill this gap by creating a space to reflect on the impact of engineers and technologies on society and to imagine a new kind of engineering that better promotes the common good though principles of engagement and accountability.
In addition to learning about these core concepts, Students will be partnering with a local organization to put these perspectives and techniques into play. They will complete project that involves translating technical information into a form appropriate for community members using the technology. This will challenge future engineers to think in a social framework instead of a purely technical one and consider those who will be affected rather than the technology itself.
This is an introductory course, and no experience/prior knowledge is necessary; if you have any interest in engineering, social justice and/or learning how think creatively, we'd love to have you! Being in an engineering/STEM field is NOT required! These skills and topics are relevant to everyone.
This DeCal is led by Socially Engaged Engineers (SEE), an organization focused on expanding the framework for engineering curricula. The first hour of class will be discussion-based and centered around an activity relating to the reading and the second hour of class will be preparing and researching for the community project.
To learn more about Socially Engaged Engineers, check out our website at see.berkeley.edu
|Section 1||Bidisha Roy and Joel Jacobs||25||Kroeber 238||[Tu] 6:00PM-8:00PM||01/31/2017||