Special Topic: Humanities and Social Sciences in Engineering

The special topic calls for papers on Humanities and Social Sciences in Engineering and such papers will appear in Higher Education of Social Science as a special column.

Affiliated research area: Social Sciences,Education


The impact of EC2000 on the humanities/social sciences (HSS) component of engineering curricula concerns both engineering and the HSS faculty members. This paper reviews how the events of the last fifty years have affected the role of the HSS in engineering education. After World War II a strong effort was made to strengthen the scientific basis of the undergraduate engineering curricula to better prepare students for graduate study and research. At the same time there was an effort to return the HSS, which had been neglected during WWII, to a more important role in this curriculum. By the late 1960s this had led to overcrowded curricula. Dissatisfaction with the HSS led to calls for reforms, but in the press of other events, these went largely unheeded. In the post-Cold War era, industry's need to compete in the global markets has put other demands on the engineering curriculum that may further diminish the role of the HSS. Some tentative conclusions are drawn from these events about the future prospects of the HSS under EC2000.


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Related Conferences:

International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS'01)

Related Journals (Special issue):

CSCanada Higher Education of Social Science Journal

Related Articles:

Humanities and Social Sciences in Engineering Education-Postwar to Postmodern and Beyond