Integrating Societal Impacts and Ethics Into the Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum
About the UCLA Teagle Project's Societal Impacts and Ethics in the Undergraduate Curriculum Initiative
This Teagle Grant supported effort coordinates with department chairs and instructors of record in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering to integrate societal-impact and ethics content into undergraduate engineering courses.
Faculty submit a brief description of specific content they are currently teaching or can easily add to their course curriculum to enhance students’ exposure to liberal arts foundations during the engineering undergraduate experience. The goal is to develop students’ awareness of the ethical implications and the range of societal impacts of engineering endeavors in the world. Faculty, therefore, identify one or more student learning outcomes that the societal and ethics course component aims to teach and that address the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Student Outcome Criteria #4.
ABET STUDENT OUTCOME CRITERIA #4: The ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
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Information and Submission Guidelines UCLA SEAS Faculty
Faculty can submit their course Societal Impact & Ethics content & outcomes by completing the submission form here.
SEAS Teaching Faculty workshop on Integrating Societal Impacts and Ethics into the Engineering Curriculum
Watch the workshop here.
Examples of Engineering Societal Impacts/Ethics Course Content & Outcomes
|Department||Course Number||Course Title||Submitting Faculty||Full Submission PDF|
|Bioengineering||188||Case Studies in Drug Development||Jennifer Wilson||BE 188|
|Chemical Engineering||101A||Transport Phenomena 1||Carissa Esler||CH ENGR 101A|
|Chemical Engineering||104B||Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory II||Dante Simonetti||CH ENGR 104B|
|Chemical Engineering||118-218||Environmental Multimedia Assessment||Yoram Cohen||CH ENGR 118-218|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||120||Principles of Soil Mechanics||Scott Brandenburg||CEE 120|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering||170A||Principles of Photonics||Sergio Carbajo||ECE 170A|
|Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||163C||Control of Robotics Systems||Veronica Santos||MAE 163C|
|Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||M20||Introduction to Computer Programming with MATLAB||Mohammad Khalid Jawed||MAE M20|
|Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||133A||Engineering Thermodynamics||Tim Fisher||MAE 133A|
|Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||157A||Aerospace Design Laboratory||Raymond Spearrin||MAE 157A|
|Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||162D/E||Mechanical Engineering Design I/II||Robert Shaefer||MAE 162D/E|
|Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||166A||Analysis of Aerospace Structures||Gregory Carman||MAE 166A|
|Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||136||Energy and the Environment||Laurent Pilon||MAE 136|