Curriculum Structure


CV0002 Engineers & Society

[Lecture: 26 hr ; Tutorial: 13 hr ; Lab: 0 hr ; Pre-requisite: Nil ; Academic Unit: 3.0 ]

Learning Objective :

This course provides a general understanding of the society we live in and the engineers’ roles and responsibilities towards its well being. The course covers a wide range of topics including the history of Singapore and the issues confronting it, the history of engineering, engineering ethics and practices, international politics and globalization and contributions by engineers towards society. The students are made aware of current issues at the time of their study.

Course Content :

To teach the social, economic, historical and political environment that the engineering profession operates in and the current issues relevant to them. The students also present and discuss these issues during tutorials.

Course Outline :




Pre-independence history of Singapore


Social and political development issues


Economic and industrial development issues


National cohesion and total defence


History of engineering


Engineering ethics


Engineering practice in Singapore


Our neighbours and international relations


Challenges of globalization and the new economy


Contribution of engineers in the new millennium


Topic(s) of current interest by external speaker(s)

Learning Outcome :

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand:
(a) how Singapore transited from being a 3rd World to 1st country and lessons to be learnt
(b) the role engineers play in the development of Singapore and future challenges
(c) significance of professional ethics, and
(d) significance of globalization and impact of the new economy

Textbooks :

Singapore: Journey into Nationhood, National Heritage Board: Landmark Books, 1998. (DS610.4.S617j)

References :

  • Johnson Stephen F, Gostelow J Paul and King W Joseph, Engineering and society: challenges of professional practice, Prentice Hall, 2000. (TA157,J73)
  • Lee Kuan Yew, From third world to first: the Singapore story: 1965:2000, memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Times Editions, 2000. (DSS598.S7L478f)​