The aim of our module is to offer a humanitarian insight considering other disciplines that affect Engineering - such as Economics (doughnut model ), Law (Universal Declaration of Human Rights ), Social sciences and Psychology. This will teach students to consider aspects such as creating positive community impact, our planet’s environmental health and the general well-being of the end user. With the final goal being to create engineers of the future that design with the environment in mind.
Our module takes place over a bachelor's degree with the intent of teaching broad humanitarian engineering skills and slowly honing in on these throughout the years, building on what was learnt the previous year. This ensures that the students will be engineering with improving others’ well-being in mind during their time at university and considering global empathy to be a core skill as an engineer.
The first year will be an introduction to the course where the outcomes will be based on critical and ethical thinking. Learning will be achieved through case studies and self-reflection essays relating to various humanitarian engineering topics. An important part will be played by the EngUcate platform (group D21-13) which allows students to share and research information via an open-source platform.
In second year, the focus will be on analytical thinking and responsible engineering design. This will be achieved through detailed analysis on the case studies and with pairing students to a mentor from the industry. The students will be assessed within their tutorials on their engagement with the material and their ability to work well within their groups to produce ethically-minded solutions. The students will also continue to be given essays as a form of assessment.
Third or fourth year can either be a full placement year or a community aid-oriented group project in conjunction with other engineering sectors (i.e. mechanical, civil, architectural, environmental, medical, etc…). Students will be working within a group and putting into practice the content learned from first and second year. They will be expected to maintain a portfolio throughout both semesters, detailing their design process throughout and also self-reflection on their part in the project. The goal for this would be to design, evaluate and eventually implement an environmentally-friendly project which will positively contribute to the community. This project will be weighted and contribute to their final mark for the module. There will also be a peer score from the colleagues in their team and a final mark given on the project itself.
As the students’ progress, they will be familiar with how to implement humanitarian engineering into other aspects of their respective courses, and help aim towards a more environmentally-friendly future. With the key topics of ethical thinking, responsible design and community development being at the forefront of the course, the students will come out of this module with global empathy, critical thinking towards their own ethics and experience in industries. This leads to more globally responsible engineers which will create a better world for us all.
 Doughnut Economics : Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist: Kate Raworth: 9781847941398: hive.co.uk
 UN: Article 3. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”. From: