Media, Equity, and Electric Vehicles

Course Status New Currently Offered
Campus Purdue University
Course Level Undergraduate
Course ID HONR 399
Course Title Media, Equity, and Electric Vehicles
Engineered Systems Focus? Yes
Multidisciplinary Content? Yes
Team Taught? No
Which project does this pertain to? Systems of Systems
Used at more than 1 ERC institutuion? No
ASPIRE Content


We are witnessing a dramatic transformation toward an electrified transportation future.  We will learn about various aspects of this transformation and explore the context in which this revolution is occurring by investigating media coverage of electric vehicles.  We will pay particular attention to issues of equity and environmental justice.  This course is affiliated with the Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE) Engineering Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation.  ASPIRE’s goal is to achieve a sustainable and equitable electrified transportation future.



By the end of the semester, students will gain an understanding of:

  • the role and impact of the mass media in the U.S. political context.
  • equity and environmental justice, especially in connection to transportation.
  • the transformation toward an electrified transportation future.
  • the research process from start to finish.
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Additional Information

The course was offered in the Honors College at Purdue during Spring 2023.  There were 12 undergraduate students in the course, and 10 of the 12 wrote amazing papers.  Students were from a range of disciplines, including engineering (mechanical, IE, biomedical, aerospace), mechanical engineering technology, physics, communication, chemistry, and biology.