Engineering Social Justice

Course Code
CE 4500/SYS 4501
Bethany Gordon
Graduate Instructor

What can civil, environmental, and systems engineers do in their work to combat systemic injustice? In this course, we will immerse ourselves in thinking about social justice issues and what you can do, as an engineer, to contribute. Using the knowledge you have gained in your education, your lived experiences, and your career aspirations, you will select a social justice issue. This issue will become your context for the remainder of the course. Each day, you will dive deeper into the context uncovering new layers of complexity and apply what we learn about equitable systems to your understanding. By the end of the course, you will propose a solution to the class and identify what your role, as an engineer, would be in carrying that solution forward. 

To help you in this process, I will provide daily guidance from the literature and we will interact with guest speakers who actively pursue social justice through the design of the built environment. My hope is that by the end of the course, you will have the basic knowledge and tools to engage confidently and respectfully with these challenges in your careers.