• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Minor code HUEN-MIN

The Minor in Humanitarian Engineering explores the role and application of engineering to disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable communities to improve quality of life and support empowerment.  It provides a connection between engineering and development, placing human well-being at the centre of engineering practice.  Students will explore how engineering and technology can contribute to a range of humanitarian and development contexts, from disaster response to long-term community development, both domestically and internationally.  It extends participants discipline knowledge through courses in humanitarian action and development contexts and multidiscipline approaches to complex challenges.  The need to collaborate and communication with stakeholders from other disciplines and cultures will be emphasised to ensure engineering is contributing to positive impacts as part of broad multidiscipline approaches.

Learning Outcomes

  1. describe the domestic and international Australian humanitarian aid and development sectors including current priorities, practices, contexts and focus;
  2. understand the role and limitations of appropriate engineering practice within multi-disciplinary approaches to humanitarian or development contexts incorporating social, economic and environmental factors and outcomes;
  3. demonstrate the necessary personal skills to work in a humanitarian or development environment, including cross-cultural competency, communication, creativity, ethical practice and critical self-reflection; and
  4. apply engineering discipline knowledge to multi-disciplinary humanitarian or development contexts and describe how humanitarian principles and skills can inform and enhance discipline practice.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of ENGN3013 Engineering for a Humanitarian Context

6 units from completion of introduction to development courses from the following list:

ANTH1002   Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology

ANTH1003   Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality

ENVS1008   Sustainable Development

POLS2011   Development and Change

6 units from completion of humanitarian and development context courses from the following list:

ANTH2009   Culture and Development

ANTH2005   Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment

ANTH2017   Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today

ANTH3014   Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia

ECON2900   Development Poverty and Famine

ENVS2005   Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School

ENVS2017   Vietnam Field School

INDG2001   Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management

INDG3001   Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians

PASI2003   Environment and Development in the Pacific

PASI3005   Pacific Islands Field School

POPH3000   Introduction to Population Health

SOCY2030   Sociology of Third World Development

EMSC4706   Introduction to Natural Hazards

6 units from completion of multidisciplinary engagement courses from the following list:

ENGN3410   Engineering Sustainable Systems

ENVS3007   Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

ENVS3021   Human Futures

ENVS3040   Complex Environmental Problems in Action

VCUG3001   Unravelling Complexity

VCUG3002   Mobilising Research

SCOM3027   Science and Public Policy

SCOM3029   Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication


6 units from completion of courses from the languages and cultures subject area.


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