Alyson King, BEng Scty ’18 (Civil Engineering and Society)
“I always knew that the Society program would be a great fit for me, and I can happily say that I was totally right on that front.”
The Engineering & Society program is the only one of its kind in North America.
It combines a traditional engineering education with exclusive courses that provide engineering students with a deeper understanding of human-centred design, strong communications skills, problem-solving skills and a multidisciplinary outlook in a rapidly evolving society.
Pave your own path with complementary electives that give you the tools to be an inquisitive, sustainable engineer.
Engineering 1 students may apply to the program near the end of their first year.
In cases where demand for any program exceeds its capacity, allocation to the program will be done on a competitive basis.
This is the first course in Society, where students will be introduced to the concept of inquiry. Through lectures, workshops, class trips and discussions, students will develop their ability to research, develop and write an inquiry.
Students through means of lectures, discussions, presentations and projects will explore the social and environmental impacts that shaped the evolution of technology. The historical relationship of culture and technology is explored to understand the context of our world today.
This course builds on skills of inquiry built in previous courses and focuses on the issue of innovation and creativity of technology and the role that engineering has in technology’s development. Through an inquiry presentation in groups, the background, adoption and consequences of technology are explored. Conscious identification of bias is explored through reflection.
This course investigates the underlying relationship between society and technology and the impact engineers have in the development of the interdependent connection between the two, now in the present as well as in the future as the connection becomes more complex. This course includes case studies of current and future technology in society, class discussions and a final group inquiry proposal seminar.
The focus of the course is on sustainability, the natural environment and concepts of preventive engineering. These topics are studied and applied through specific case studies in a series of 10 class field trips. These class trips explore various aspects of industry and urban development.
The culmination of the Engineering & Society program is a final individual year long inquiry report that must be presented orally and submitted as a final paper. The topics are of the student’s choice but must relate to connection between technology and society and the implications for a practising engineer. Students are supervised by one faculty member throughout the year.
In multi-disciplinary groups, students will complete a capstone design project that incorporates holistic design, social sustainability and ethical engineering.
Located on the third floor of the John Hodgins Engineering Building
Monday to Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The Engineering & Society program staff are available to assist you.
In Engineering & Society, we are cultivating a sense of curiosity, and creativity, and are training our students to ask bigger, better questions in order to create universal solutions.