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Constructing users and distributing agency:The design of safety of the 'Great Belt Link' in Denmark

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  • Design
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Geography


_ 1 Paper for the 8th SDEWES conference 22-27 September 2013 in Dubrovnik: How is sustainability incorporated into the engineering curriculum? The case of DTU and AAU Ulrik Jørgensen, Andrés Valderrama, Brian Vad Mathiesen and Arne Remmen Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University [email protected] Abstract How to include sustainability in engineering education is currently the main concern among engineering educators. In one way or another, engineering educators are increasingly addressing sustainability issues in the courses they teach, the programs they design and run, the institutional activities they promote and the accreditation criteria they develop. But this is not the first time engineering educators have attempted to bring social and environmental issues into the engineering curriculum. In this paper we examine different approaches to incorporate environmental and energy issues into the education of engineers and use them as a background for a discussion of how sustainability may and should impact engineering. In the first part of the article, we account for the ways in which environmental and energy issues were incorporated in the education of engineers of the Technical University of Denmark and at Aalborg University since the 1970s until today. Environment surfaced as broad social concerns already in the 1960s and together with energy issues its importance grew during the 1970s into a concern, which should be addressed, in all engineering educations. Environment and energy technology lead to new ass on courses and even established engineering educations on their own, but tending to focus only on partial and sector specific technical topics like e.g. water provision and waste and solid waste treatments or new energy technologies. Thus, rather than the environment as a broader social concern to be reflected in engineering at large, what has prevailed is dominated by a conception of the environment as na

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