Development cooperation as methodology for teaching social responsibility to engineers

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The role of engineering in promoting global well-being has become accentuated, turning the engineering curriculum into a means of dividing well-being equally. The gradual fortifying calls for humanitarian engineering have resulted in the incorporation of social responsibility themes in the university curriculum. Cooperation, communication, teamwork, intercultural cooperation, sustainability, social and global responsibility represent the socio-cultural dimensions that are becoming increasingly important as globalisation intensifies the demands for socially and globally adept engineering communities. This article describes an experiment, the Development Cooperation Project, which was conducted at Aalto University in Finland to integrate social responsibility themes into higher engineering education.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-519
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume36
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • development cooperation, higher engineering education, humanitarian engineering, social competence, social responsibility

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