ENHE101-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Humanitarian Engineering - An Introduction

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


Humanitarian Engineering is the application of stakeholder-centred engineering to improving well-being of marginalised people and disadvantaged communities, including participatory design of appropriate technologies. To engage in successful humanitarian practice, engineers employ empathy, compassion, and ability to build trust. This requires core skills and competency in and awareness of cultural and societal differences, effective intercultural communication, and application of engineering theory and practice to humanitarianism. Humanitarian Engineering recognises that vulnerable and Indigenous communities must inform development of systems that serve them, and that access to safe and resilient critical services is a human right in a world of changing climate, increasing urbanisation and exposure to hazards. This course gives an overview of Humanitarian Engineering, instills core relevant skills and competency, help structure their study plan for the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering, and guide them on their journey to Humanitarian Engineering practice. This course is for anyone who wants to widen their perceptions of engineering, grow at a personal level, and position themselves as engineering professionals with clearly articulated humanitarian and ethical principles, and with sound foundations in bicultural and multicultural competence. This course is also for those wanting to see their engineering skills applied to development projects with high social impact.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 240
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Engineering and human rights 9%
Define humanitarian engineering and motivations 9%
Sustainable human development and engineer role 9%
Application of ethical principles 9%
Cultural background and experiences 8%
National cultures and cultural differences 8%
Aotearoa history, Te Ao Maori 8%
Pepeha and identity 8%
Community engagement 8%
Participatory design 8%
Define appropriate technology 8%
Appropriate technology and development 8%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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