Official course description, subject to change:
AbstractThe aim of the course is to give the student a basic understanding of how to work with design, innovation and concept development, with an explicit focus on sustainability and regenerative thinking. Based on a specific design case, the students will learn to apply selected methods and approaches to promote ethical aspects and sustainability in an actual design context. Throughout the course, the student will learn to critically reflect upon the impact, ethical issues in and role of digital design in the transition towards a more sustainable future.
NB: Kurset undervises på dansk
Today, we experience the dawn of a new paradigm, the Anthropocene Epoch - the human-made age where nature, climate and biodiversity has been transformed by mankind. Designers of digital technologies face unprecedented challenges questioning the fundamental values and ethics on which we base design and development of sustainable digital technologies. What is good and bad, and for whom? Sustainable and regenerative thinking are now prerequisite drivers for how we approach the design of new digital products and services, and develop new business models to support them. In this context, the purpose of design reaches much further than functionality, user experience aesthetically pleasing products and materials. Design is now a driving force for major societal change pointing towards a new form of “design activism”. This requires us to explore new ways of thinking about design and innovation and to undertake novel design processes where ethical dilemmas and the product's environmental, social and economic impact are balanced or even improved.
The student should have followed Philosophy of Science and Technologies (BDDIT) or similar course. The student should be able to read and critically engage with academic texts
Intended learning outcomes
Efter kurset skal den studerende være i stand til:
- Display an understanding of key concepts such as sustainability, regenerative thinking, and their relation to design
- Identify relevant challenges for how digital design can support sustainability and regeneration
- Demonstrate application of design methods to promote a sustainable and regenerative mindset in a digital design context
- Reflect upon and discuss the role of digital design in the transition towards a sustainable future
Ordinary examExam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, External (7-point scale)
D2G: Submission for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the submission. Shared responsibility for the report.