This paper, by Dr. Elizabeth A. Reddy and Dr. Shannon Davies Mancus, was presented at the ASEE 2021 meeting.
Abstract Training students to be sensitive to the entanglements of technologies and social life has been an important move for engineering educators interested in advancing generative critiques of engineering, connecting to student values, and framing new perspectives about what engineering can be. However, scholarship in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Environmental Humanities makes the case that engineering is more than sociotechnical. Environmental conditions, forces, and agents are critical to consider in relation to technologies, too. In this paper, we suggest that introducing students to engineering as a social, technical, and environmental activity has productive implications. Here, we outline two main areas of pertinent theory. We group these areas into systems theories and material vibrancy and enchantment theories. For each of these, we 1) offer a synopsis of the insights, key texts, and implications and 2) show the utility of the approach to advance important pedagogical goals specifically related to socially responsible engineering practices in engineering education.
Elizabeth Reddy and Shannon Davies Mancus, 7 August 2021, "Social, Technical... and Environmental?: Addressing Environmental Entanglements as a Part of Engineering Education", contributed by Emily York and Elizabeth Reddy, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 7 August 2021, accessed 28 January 2022.