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A Course In Difference, Power, And Discrimination Course For Engineering Students

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Publication Date

June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

End Date

June 27, 2001



Conference Session

Are We Losing Our Minds (2470)

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6.22.1 - 6.22.10



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Stephanie Sanford

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Kenneth Williamson

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Oregon State University has adopted as a general education requirement that all students must take a designated difference, power and discrimination (DPD) course. The DPD requirement was created by the faculty to assist students in their education related to the unequal distribution of social, economic, and political power in the United States and in other countries. The DPD requirement engages students in the intellectual examination of the structures, systems, and ideologies that sustain discrimination, and the unequal distribution of power and resources in society. For the 2002 academic year, an effort was initiated to expand the DPD courses into all OSU colleges including the College of Engineering (COE). This paper describes a course for the COE that is directed towards meeting the needs of engineering students to understand issues related to diversity, power, and discrimination. We describe the learning objectives for the course, the organization including learning cycles, the specific activities chosen to seek maximum involvement and reflection by the students, selected readings, and assessment techniques that will be used to determine the effectiveness of meeting the learning objectives.

Sanford, S., & Williamson, K. (2001, June), A Course In Difference, Power, And Discrimination Course For Engineering Students Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9051

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