IT-Universitetet i København
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Kursusnavn (dansk):Bæredygtige fremtider 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Sustainable Futures 
Semester:Forår 2018 
Udbydes under:Bachelor i digitale medier og design (bdmd) 
Omfang i ECTS:7,50 
Min. antal deltagere:50 
Forventet antal deltagere:
Maks. antal deltagere:70 
Formelle forudsætninger:The student should have followed Philosophy of Science. The student should be able to read and critically engage with academic texts. 
Læringsmål:After the course the student should be able to:

Identify relevant challenges within sustainable IT design

Account for how IT design is both posing challenges and solutions in relation to environmental sustainability

Analyze cases of sustainable IT design

Critically discuss sustainable IT design using the course literature

Critically reflect upon and discuss the role of design in the transition towards ecologically sustainable futures

Engage in philosophical discussions around technological innovation and its relation to nature 
Fagligt indhold:Rising awareness on global warming and climate changes are posing new challenges and opportunities for IT and design. The Paris Climate Agreement and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are setting new standards for politics, people and business. According to Gardien et al. (2014) design is currently changing towards a new paradigm, which they call ‘the transformation economy’ – design is no longer (if it ever was) just about functional products, nice and aesthetically pleasing materials, and a good user experience, but design is just as much a driver for larger societal transformations towards more ecologically sound futures. New design paradigms demand new approaches to innovation and design processes. This course will deal with the pressing ecological challenges and investigate how IT is both part of the problems and pose new solutions for how to live more sustainable.

This course will give a general introduction to new fields within design such as Sustainable Interaction Design (Belvis 2007, Mankoff et al. 2007, Dourish 2010, DiSalvo & Sengers 2010), Sustainable HCI (Sengers et al. 2009, DiSalvo et al. 2010, Silberman et al. 2014), sustainable ICT (Knowles et al. 2013), and eco-feedback technologies (Pierce et al. 2008, 2010, Strengers 2011). Through close readings of such literature the course will critically engage with emerging territories for IT and design.

Smart and sustainable cities, smart and renewable energy, smart mobility, circular economy, and the sharing economy are all infused with technological solutions and they pose new opportunities for designers. The course will give a general introduction to such new areas for sustainable design. Moving behind the hype of new technologies the course takes a critical perspective investigating how the increasing presence of IT and planned obsolescence is causing critical ecological problems through rising energy consumption, exploitation of rare earth minerals, and electronic waste.

Through this course the students will learn how to critically reflect on the role of IT and design in relation to society, ethics, nature, and environment. Literature within design history and science and technology studies will expand the field of sustainable design into philosophical and societal discussions on the role of IT and design (Latour 2008, Fry 2009, Ratto 2016). 
Læringsaktiviteter:14 ugers undervisning bestående af forelæsninger og øvelser

14 weeks of teaching consisting of lectures, reading and exercises in groups.
The course is a reflection and it is expected that the student does close readings and use the readings to analyse and discuss cases and issues. In the course, we will practice reading texts, making resumes of texts and giving critique on one another’s writings.

The course is a 7,5 ECTS course and the student is expected to use 10 hours a week on the course: 2 hours on lectures, 2 hours of exercise class and 6 hours of reading. 

Obligatoriske aktivititer:Der er ingen obligatoriske aktiviteter. Vær venlig KUN at ændre denne tekst når der er obligatoriske aktiviteter./
There are no mandatory activities. Please, change this text ONLY when there are mandatory activities. 
Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:D2G Aflevering med mundtlig eksamen der supplerer projekt. Delt ansvar for projekt., (7-scale, external exam)

Hand in short abstract (3-5 pages) in groups of 3-5 members + Oral exam in groups. 15-20 min per student.

Form of group exam: Group exam
See Study Guide -> Exams -> Course Exams -> Exam Forms for more information.  

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