Germany, Berlin

Blue Engineering: Engineers with Social and Ecological Responsibility

when 22 July 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 1950

This is a discussion-based course dealing with the effects of technology on individuals, society and nature. It focuses on what could be done to create a more responsible technology process that addresses the needs of all stakeholders and at the same time minimizes the risks and harms of its implementation.

The course promotes a deep understanding of social and ecological responsibility by using a variety of alternative teaching methods. Through an untraditional classroom environment and course structure, participants will challenge the condundrum of sustainability, as a discipline, being either ignored or solely focused on technological solutions.

The course promotes student-directed learning by communal discussion and decision making in order to establish a co-responsibility of the direction and learning outcomes. Students will be able to deal with complex social, political and economic interdependencies by considering different values and interests within a global perspective and in one’s own class(room). Through several communication techniques, the class exercises encourage students to identify and map key aspects of the problems rather than just trying to solve them. This method responds to specific user needs in order to cooperatively discuss the role of technologies which are socially useful, locally adapted, durable and reparable.

This course acknowledges current Green Economy trends, and the UN Rio+20 debate, which show how there is a strong demand for technological innovations as a remedy for ecological destruction and as a pathway to poverty eradication.

Course leader

Henning Meyer, chair of machinery system design at Technische Universität Berlin
André Baier, lecturer at Technische Universität Berlin
Maximilian Hachtmann, works for Blue Engineering

Course aim

The participants will together analyze and evaluate the relations of technology, individuals, nature and society in order to:

- Understand different perspectives
- Work out a collective understanding based on values
- Develop own opinions
- Evaluate interdependencies and reach agreement on how to balance them
- Act accordingly

Credits info

5 EC
5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course.

Fee info

EUR 1950: The fee includes: the Summer School academic program, transportation ticket and some extracurricular activities.