The main outcome of the course is that students are equipped with an understanding of core theories, concepts and methods in co-design and participatory design approaches, and their historical grounding and development. Students will also have experience from applying co-design methods in a live project with real stakeholders, and reflecting on the process and results.
The course is important because there is an increasing awareness of, and need for, co-design approaches and methods in industry, and in society at large. The scope of application has developed from addressing issues of democracy in the workplace to developing new ways for citizens to engage in societal development on many arenas, ranging from public service design to driving political change.
The students will gain a solid theoretical and methodological foundation in co-design. Further, by applying theories and methods in a live project, students gain first-hand experience from doing co-design, using state-of-the-art methods in a real setting. The live project is conducted in a semi-protected environment with real stakeholders and real issues, but with scaffolding from intense supervision, creating a productive learning experience.
In this course the students will be introduced to and trained in a repertoire of qualitative methods for understanding professional and/or everyday contexts and for engaging participants in co-design of products and services. In particular the focus is on how to develop an understanding of a context, including people, their practices and values, and how to transform this understanding into relevant products and services through co-design encounters.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- define participatory approaches in their historical and societal context, and their relation to other design approaches
- plan and conduct co-design projects including understanding a specific context, engaging people in this context, and suggest 2-3 product or service concepts grounded in an understanding of the specific context
- select, motivate, combine, and apply relevant theories and methods for explorative co-design projects
- reflect on practical and theoretical aspects of explorative co-design processes based on experience from the specific co-design project
- communicate relevant aspects of co-design processes in oral and written form including use of physical co-design materials, video and other media
Ordinary examExam type:
D: Written report with oral defence, external (7-trinsskala)
D2G: Submission of written work for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the work submitted. The group has a shared responsibility for the content of the report.
Group report (15 – 20 pages) documenting the main co-design project. The group has a shared responsibility for the content of the report. Harvard system is used for referencing.
Group presentation of the co-design project.
During the group examination: individual presentations reflecting on the theoretical and practical aspects of applied co-design methods. Group discussions of relevant issues.
The duration of the oral exam is 20 minutes pr. student including evaluation and feedback.
Group sizes: 4-6 students