Course info

Course Overview

Image title

The course deals with the context between the development of sustainable innovations and diversity and with the question how culture shapes and impacts engineering.

A MOOC will be developed to understand the diversity among people with whom you work in technology-based enterprises, and for whom you design products and services.

We will not only have text but also group works and give room for discussions and the exchange of different views and ideas.

Learning Objectives

Enhancing students’ understanding of diversity among people with whom they work and for whom they design products and services


After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • explain and compare different gender and diversity approaches
  • knowledgeably discuss the context between diversity and innovation
  • create transfer between stereotyping, labelling and social processes
  • identify and discuss the cultural aspects of gender and diversity as well as its impact on the career choice, the task selection and the quality of developed solutions, design, technologies and products
  • evaluate the complex impact of social aspects for learning and working in research, development and engineering
  • work self-organized and improve their presentation competence, being able to work with  the concepts of intersectionality (gender and diversity) as well as their ability to work in an interdisciplinary team

Do you want to know more about the ASSET project and get engaged to it? Sign in the newsletter and community on Be part of us.

Use of content and licenses


Course Structure

  • Lesson 1 - Gender and Diversity Approaches2020/10/12
  • Lesson 2 - Diversity and Innovations2020/10/19
  • Lesson 3 - Innovation and Ethics 12020/10/26
  • Lesson 4 - Innovation and Ethics 22020/11/02
  • Lesson 5 - (Engineering) Culture2020/11/09
  • Lesson 6 - The impact of social aspects2020/11/16


Julia Berg

Julia Berg is a research assistant of the research group "Gender and Diversity in Engineering" at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University


Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Carmen Leicht-Scholten is Professor and head of the research group "Gender and Diversity in Engineering" at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and rector’s delegate for socially responsible education.