We have just published an article in the International Journal of Engineering Education about the Global issues program at EPFL, entitled Increasing the Perspectives of Engineering Undergraduates on Societal Issues through an Interdisciplinary Program (click here to access the article). It is about a new course teaching the interplay between societal challenges and technical solutions to EPFL first year students.
Increasing the Perspectives of Engineering Undergraduates on Societal Issues through an Interdisciplinary Program
Holzer, A., Vonèche Cardia, I., Bendahan, S., Berne, A., Bragazza, L., Danalet, A., Fasoli, A., Feige, J. N. N., Gillet, D., Isaac, S., Le Duc, I., Preissmann, D., and Tormey, R.
To tackle the challenges of the 21st century, future scientists and engineers have to understand the interplay between societal challenges and technical solutions as early as possible in their education. They also have to develop the communication and the teamwork skills required to be effective professionals. To address this issue, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) introduced a new Global Issues program to all 1800 first year engineering students. In this paper, we present this novel program and reflect on our experience. Our results suggest that student who showed positive attitude towards teamwork, benefited the most from the course and increase their perspectives on societal issues as measured by their moral reasoning after the course.
Keywords: engineering education ; soft skills ; global issues ; interdisciplinary approach ; teamwork ; communication ; climate ; food ; energy ; health ; mobility
The author manuscript is available on ResearchGate.
Posted by Antonin Danalet on Sunday 20 March 2016 at 16:05