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Basic info last published 15/10-19

Bæredygtige fremtider

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10625 DKK (incl. vat)
Bachelor of Science in Digital Media and Design
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Part-time Lecturer
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Assistant Professor
Course semester
Forår 2020
27 January 2020
31 August 2020
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The main outcome of the course is that students are equipped with a basic understanding of sustainability perspectives on digital design. This includes critical analysis of sustainability issues in digital design, reflecting on the role of digital design in the transition towards ecologically sustainable futures, and the ability to engage in philosophical discussions around technological innovation and its relation to nature.

The subject of the course is important for students because sustainability issues are global, and digital design not only poses challenges, but also offers solutions for ecological sustainability. The course enables the students to act with ethical responsibility as designers. In the larger context, the course provides a perspective and an analytic lens, that is applicable in many of the subsequent and parallel courses in the programme. 

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.

This course will give a general introduction to new fields within design such as sustainable interaction design, sustainable HCI,  sustainable ICT, and eco-feedback technologies. Through close readings of literature in these fields, the course will critically engage with emerging territories for IT and design. The course engage with terms like smart and sustainable cities, smart and renewable energy, smart mobility, circular economy, and the sharing economy. These terms are all infused with technological solutions, and they pose new opportunities for designers.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identificere relevante udfordringer indenfor bæredygtigt IT-design
  • Redegøre for hvordan IT-design både introducerer udfordringer og løsninger til miljømæssig bæredygtighed
  • Analysere cases der fokuserer på bæredygtigt IT-design
  • Kritisk diskutere bæredygtigt IT design ved brug af kursets litteratur
  • Kritisk reflektere over og diskutere designs rolle i bevægelsen hen mod økologisk bæredygtige fremtider
  • Engagere sig I filosofiske diskussioner om teknologisk innovation og dets relation til natur
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, external (7-trinsskala)
Exam variation:
D2G: Submission of written work for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the work submitted.
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I bedømmelsesgrundlaget indgår den individuelle mundtlige præstation og shortpaperet udarbejdet i grupper. Bedømmelsen foretages på grundlag af de studerendes evne til at opfylde målsætningen for kurset som anført ovenfor. 

Eksamen i grupper af 4-5 studerende. Varighed er 20 minutter pr.person inkl. votering og feedback.