Official course description, subject to change:
Preliminary info last published 22/02-21

Design af bæredygtige fremtider

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10625 DKK (incl. vat)
BSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
Course manager
Part-time Lecturer
Course Academic Responsible
Associate Professor, Head of Section
Course semester
Forår 2022
31 January 2022
27 May 2022
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ekstern censur
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The aim of the course is that the student gains a basic understanding of how to work with design, innovation and concept development of digital design, based on an ethical and sustainable mindset. During the module, the student will be introduced to a number of tools and methods used within design thinking and innovation. The module content varies between theory, methods and hands-on work followed by discussions and reflections.

At the beginning of the course, the student will be introduced to ethical and sustainable approaches and paradigms as well as underlying theories.

Through design exercises the student will continuously reflect on the impact and consequences of the choices in concept- and design development. Hence, the student gains competences in theoretical and philosophical contextualisation in relation to ethical and sustainable design thinking.


NB: Kurset undervises på dansk

Our society and values are based on a modernist mindset, where development, economic growth and efficiency have been in focus. The modernist person believed in and turned society into a new and modern world based on new ways of thinking. 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. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are setting new standards for the environment, people and the economy. Ethical and sustainable thinking are now drivers for what we think and do.
In the Anthropocene Epoch, the world, as we know it, is questioned, including the values and ethics we base our development and design upon. What is good and bad, and for whom? Design is no longer only about functionality, user experience or aesthetically pleasing products and materials. Design is now a driving force for major societal change. New design paradigms require new approaches to innovation and design processes where ethical dilemmas and the product's environmental, social and economic impact are all addressed.

Throughout the course the student will learn how to reflect critically on the role of IT and design in relation to society, ethics, nature and environment. Through a series of exercises and assignments the student is asked to identify a problem that he/she believes is important in terms of sustainability, and where the he/she believes design and innovation can make a difference.

The course Designing Sustainable Futures will illuminate and explore the role product developers and designers will need to embrace for the sustainable development of today's as well as future societies. The aim is to provide the student with a toolbox of basic knowledge for researching, designing, assessing as well as discussing ethical and sustainable perspectives in future work.

Sustainable thinking, ecology, biomimicry and circular economics, etc. are concepts that will challenge technological solutions of the future. This new form of thinking will inspire and envision new opportunities for designers and product developers. Through thorough analysis and studies of existing products, the student is required to identify design openings and find opportunities for how people and businesses can prioritise sustainable products, services and solutions.

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Intended learning outcomes

Efter kurset skal den studerende være i stand til:

  • identify relevant challenges 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
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
D2G: Submission for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the submission. Shared responsibility for the report.