Faculty Integration of Social Justice Issues into Courses and Co-Curricular Activities for Engineering Students Conference Proceeding uri icon



  • Recent attention has been drawn to historical inequalities in society that persist in some form today. Social justice concerns marginalization in the form of social disadvantage which may be in terms of income, services, and/or participation. If engineers are to work effectively with and for marginalized communities both locally and abroad, they should be sensitized to social justice issues and have sophisticated ethical reasoning skills. This research explored the perspectives and practices related to social justice issues among engineering educators who integrate ethics and societal impact issues (ESI) into their courses. A survey found that among 1268 instructors who embed ESI in their courses, 27% include social justice and/or poverty topics. The majority of individuals who taught social justice and/or poverty believed that the ESI education of undergraduate and graduate students in their program was not sufficient. Based on interviews, faculty descriptions of how they taught social justice issues in a variety of course types and co-curricular settings are provided. This includes pedagogies that are common for ESI broadly such as reflection, discussion, and case studies. These results provide ideas to help engineering faculty integrate social justice topics into their teaching.

publication date

  • January 24, 2021

Date in CU Experts

  • December 9, 2021 8:50 AM

Full Author List

  • Bielefeldt A

author count

  • 1