The TSE courses are multidisciplinary courses designed to give students a broad view of technology, society, the environment and their interactions. Classes typically are made up of students from all the faculties, and the course work includes group work where students interact with students from other “specialties.”
The courses cover a wide range of topics from technology in ancient societies to contemporary issues in risk, innovation, forecasting, information technology, environmental sustainability, product life cycle analysis, energy use and the philosophy of technology. New courses are developed to address concerns of the times. Currently under development, for example, is a course in technology and development being planned in cooperation with Carleton’s Engineers Without Borders chapter. For students with a keen interest in TSE issues there is a four credit Minor in TSE program.
A high level of industrialization and consumption, coupled with population growth, has created problems that past societies did not have to worry about. These have become the crucial problems of our generation.
To maintain reasonable material standards and quality of the environment on our crowded planet, we will have to continue to rely on technology. For this we will continue to need specialists in all fields of endeavor. However, the development of technology will no longer be governed solely by technical feasibility and economic gain, but also by desirability in terms of human and environmental values.
The TSE courses reflect the need to modernize education by tailoring it to our future needs. Taking one or more TSE courses makes it possible for you to “acquire an additional dimension of understanding, additional vision, and the sense of responsibility for the survival and importance of the whole that distinguishes the manager from the subordinate, and the citizen from the subject”.
*Quote from Peter Drucker’s 1980 book “Managing in Turbulent Times”