Social Justice

Social Justice- NEW!

social justice

Be an engineer with a conscience! Learn about the role of engineering and technology in society, and learn to be conscious of the global, social, and cultural implications of your work.

The Social Justice Theme was created by Engineering student Athena Lin. She was awarded the 2nd place prize in a contest to create a new category for the LEADing Themes website.

GenEd Requirement Abbreviations

SS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
HUM - Humanities & The Arts
WCC - Western/Comparitive Cultures

NW - Non-Western Cultures
US - US Minority Cultures
LibEd - Liberal Education

All courses listed can be used for Free Electives.
Outstanding instructors are from the List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent.

Course # Course Name Instructor Satisfies Hours
ECE 316

Ethics and Engineering

Ethical issues in the practice of engineering: safety and liability, professional responsibility to clients and employers, whistle-blowing, codes of ethics, career choice, and legal obligations. Philosophical analysis of normative ethical theories. Case studies. This course emphasizes the importance of engineers’ commitment to serve the public and explores the fatal consequences when engineers fail to uphold their professional responsibilities. Same as PHIL 316. Credit is not given for both ECE 316 and CS 210. Junior standing is required.
Pre-req: RHET 105

P. Hillmer



EPSY 202

Exploring Cultural Diversity

Introduction to cultural diversity and social justice issues through interdisciplinary readings, discussion, and experiential activities. The course involves a 1-hour lecture and 2-hour lab/discussion section each week. The lecture focus is on raising awareness of key issues, concerns and concepts, providing accurate information on diverse groups, and relating theories and models to critical incidents of social oppression in everyday life. The lab/discussion sections follow a group dialogue and experiential activity format, and focus on relating the readings and lecture material to personal experiences and active learning activities. This course may help students reflect on the importance of cultural diversity in engineering and how social injustices manifest in engineering.



GWS 201

Race, Gender & Power

This course will help students understand how institutional power structures can systematically advantage some groups of people and disadvantage others, with a focus on race and gender. These systemic disadvantages affect the lack of diversity in engineering disciplines and offer insights into how we can challenge these power structures to ensure everyone can succeed, regardless of their social background.



SOC 350

Technology and Society

Examines the social and cultural origins of modern technology and technological innovation; the effects of technology and its change on society. Topics include the impact of technology on beliefs and values, accommodation and resistance to change, and technology and the Third World.



SOCW 300

Diversity: Identities & Issues

This introductory course explores multiple dimensions of diversity in a pluralistic and increasingly globalized society. Using a social work strengths perspective as well as historical, constructivist, and critical conceptual frameworks; the course examines issues of identity, culture, privilege stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. The social construction and implications of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference is examined at individual, interpersonal, and systems levels. Students are expected to use the course material to explore their personal values, biases, family backgrounds, culture, and formative experiences in order to deepen their self-awareness and develop interpersonal skills in bridging differences. Finally, students apply learning from the course to identify characteristics of effective social work and other health and human service provision among people culturally different themselves; and to identify opportunities for change contributing to prejudice reduction and cross-cultural acceptance at home, work and in society.