A case study of trauma narrative for civil engineering students on hydrometeorological disaster victims in Malaysia

Seng Tong Chong, Yu Jin Ng, Ming Fai Chow, Ahmad Zufrie Abd Rahman, Kee Shyuan Loh, J. Karthikeyan

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This paper offers an interdisciplinary exploration linking the narratives of disaster studies and civil engineering programme in a Malaysian context. In Malaysia, civil engineers play a pivotal role in advancing the nation and people through the construction of infrastructure. This includes highways, buildings and dam construction. These constructions are heavily related to human beings and society at large. However, current literature indicates that civil engineers in Malaysia lack the ability to understand the narratives of trauma especially in cases of manmade and natural disasters. This is due to the fact that most civil engineering programmes focus on technical knowledge while little emphasis is given to trauma studies. Hence, this case study aims to link trauma studies and hydrometeorological disasters in Malaysia. Drawing theoretical frameworks from the work of the trauma narrative expert Cathy Caruth, this project aims to take her conceptual undertaking of trauma narratives to add on, compliment and strengthen the existing curriculum. The crux of this project involves civil engineering students in engaging with trauma narratives of disaster victims. The methodology is a narrative technique to capture the elements of trauma that can be represented in many forms. The paper reports on challenges and reflections as well as methodological constraints from this case study. It concludes with a promising integration of narrative technique in the curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2020
EditorsAlberto Cardoso, Gustavo R. Alves, Teresa Restivo
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728109305
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference 2020 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 27 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
Conference number: 11th
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/9121928/proceeding (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567


ConferenceIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleEDUCON 2020
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  • Civil engineering
  • Disaster studies
  • Malaysia
  • Trauma

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