REGISTRATION FOR 2014
Students returning to the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment in 2014 will find the registration programme for 2014 here
An exciting new elective course for EBE students run in the 2nd semester - 5th period.
END1019S - Social Infrastructures: Engaging with Community for Change
Employers are looking for EBE professionals who NOT only have good technical skills, but also an understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development.
END 1019S will expose you to new ways of learning about important global issues such as: climate change, technology, cities, social justice, engagement with communities and sustainable development.
Sign-up during registration - there is limited space!
18 HEQF credits at level 5, elective second semester course.
Administered by the Professional Communications Unit and delivered by CHED.
Convener: Dr J McMillan.
Lecture times: 5th period
Course outline: The term 'social infrastructures' recognises that development is not just a technical process but rather a socio-technical one, giving rise to particular relationships between households and communities, and materials and technologies, shaped by various institutional and political contexts in which they are situated. Engineers need to be able to grapple with these kinds of issues in their professional roles and work as it involves engaging people and building social relationships. This course provides for both classroom-based learning and community-engaged learning as a means to engage communities long denied access to aspects of social infrastructures. We focus on engaging the issues of 'service', community and change, in the context of development and social justice. We look particularly at how we, as students and emerging professionals, might engage with and learn from communities in our local context.
Assessment: Coursework 65%, Final examination 35%.
Enrolment capacity: Entrance is limited to 120 full-time students (90 EBE, 30 other faculties)
This course is a credit-bearing version of the short Global Citizenship course and is run as part of the Global Citizenhip Programme. Click here to visit the Global Citizenship website for more information.
Comments from EBE students who have done the short course version:
"The global citizenship course contributed to my personal development and gave me the capacity to go into the world not only as an engineer but as a global citizen and enhance people's lives!! I therefore encourage you to take this course!! You won't regret it!!!"
Alfred Waligo, BSc Electrical Engineering
"The Global Citizenship course provides a thought-provoking framework in which you can engage with the global issues that modern civilisations face. Critical thinking and pointed questioning are central to the program. Can you rise to the challenges our world is facing? Participate in the Global Citizenship Programme and take the lead!"
Wiebke Toussaint Mechanical Engineering (2012 graduate). National EWB-SA Co-ordinator 2012/13
"The Global Citizenship course has allowed me to explore ideas, and gain a sensitivity which cannot be taught. As a Civil Engineering student I have found that we occupy a very interesting space in that we have to be technically minded while appreciating that our endeavours, once we are in the work environment, shall have a direct impact on people's lives. GC has allowed me to re-examine where I see myself within the world and critically evaluate the ideas I have about development, and those we so often unjustifiably see as the 'Other' when we think about such engagements. It has challenged this thinking and subtly appealed to my sense of humanity, leading me to resist a gung-ho approach to issues of social justice."
Banele Wasswa, Civil engineering 3rd year
For more information you can contact Dr Janice McMillan