West Building 1008
Section Information for Fall 2017
This course is cross-listed as both a systems engineering course and a history course. The reason is that it accomplishes two goals simultaneously: first, students examine complex engineering systems in global society, by looking at them through the lens of history; and second, students study global history through the social and technical development of complex systems. In this course, students will use historical case studies and critical analyses to think strategically and globally about the management and execution of technical systems in the context of politics, organization, economics, technology and society (POETS), and learn how to employ such historical analyses as engineering decision-making tools. Students will be required to critically analyze articles and books, and will work in groups to investigate and present topics of current national and international relevance.