June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
At the University of Colorado Boulder, we have interpreted “global engineering” to mean engineering practiced in the following way:
1. with forethought of its far-reaching consequences, both physical and social, 2. with an appreciation of international colleagues and/or in international offices, and 3. with cultural sensitivity, both for pleasant interactions and for effective outcomes.
To prepare our graduates for this kind of engineering, the College of Engineering and Applied Science has launched a new undergraduate minor in Global Engineering. The minor includes a gateway course in cultural awareness; elective courses in foreign culture and language; a suitable technical elective; and a ‘global experience,’ typically involving an international or intercultural study or work-project.
The 3-credit hour gateway course, A Global State of Mind, seeks to impart a sense of global awareness, but not by inviting students to be astonished at foreign cultural practices. Rather, this interactive lecture course uses carefully-chosen short texts to help students gain perspective on all cultural practices, including their own. The texts come from philosophy, literature, politics, economics, religion, and the arts; these are supplemented by numerous secondary sources.
The gateway course serves an important function because the rest of the Global Engineering Minor is extremely flexible—as it should be—to accommodate the varying interests of our students. By uniting Global Engineering Minor students in one course, we hope to help them begin conversations that they can continue not only through college, but also into their careers.
Giovannelli, L., & Sandekian, R. (2017, June), Global Engineering: What do We Mean by It and How are We Preparing our Students for It? Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28410
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