Incorporating Sustainable Engineering (SEng) Within a Course Featuring Social, Political and Economic Contexts

  • Ian CraigEmail author
  • David Thorpe
  • Tara Newman


Discussions surrounding Sustainable Engineering (SEng) are now very important, amongst universities which deliver engineering education, and it is hoped that this paper will assist educators with this process. We believe that one successful approach has been to develop new SEng related material, and blend it into an existing course entitled ‘Technology and Society’, which already covered cultural and economic aspects. Under a new course title ‘Technology, Sustainability and Society’, twenty-seven topics were thus assembled under Environmental, Social and Economic contexts, using a student assisted heuristic approach. Because of the vital importance of this new area for engineering professionals, we feel that engineering courses dedicated to SEng are now strongly required, in addition to simply ‘bolting on’ specified sustainability case studies, onto established engineering courses.


Sustainable engineering education Social Political and economic contexts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Texas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA

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