In a recent 3 minute video interview with the Illinois Foundry, Don Norman advocated a systems thinking approach to design engineering education. Rather than educating students in narrow, deep specialisms, Don suggests that Universities also need to educate students with a broad knowledge of social sciences. Educating systems thinkers will, he feels, ensure user needs are considered and help solve social problems.
We need people whose understanding goes beyond science and engineering to encompass history, literature, and the arts. We need people who understand both technology and people. The emphasis on specialized knowledge is bad for society.