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Semester and Year Offered: Semester 2 (Winter)
Course Coordinator and Team: Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
ThiscoursebuildsonthehistoryofdesigncourseofSemester 1,takingthestudents through adiscussionoftheoreticalframeworks thatcontributetoourunderstanding ofdesignasa process ofinquiry,thought and action.Thiscourseaimstohelpdevelopcriticalthinkingskills amongstudentsintwoways,[i]byintroducingdevelopmentofkeyconceptsofdesignmethods andtheoriesanddiscussthewaysinwhichtheyilluminatedesign;and[ii]articulationsabout designbydesignersthroughtheirwritingsandpractice.Theevolutionofdesignmethodswillalso beincludedinthiscoursewheretherehasbeendemonstrableefforttoreduceavoidableerrors andoversightsthatcanadversely affectdesignsolutions through relevant,systematic andrational problem-solving proceduresandtechniques askeycomponentsof designmethods.
MODULE 1 – DESIGN AND THE SOCIAL
This module introduces the role of theory in design, within a programme which is explicitly practice based. It explores questions such as “what is theory”, “how does design theory engage with society”, and how these engage with conceptions of social well-being thrown up by practice.
MODULE 2 – MODES AND PARADIGMS OF DESIGNING
This module explores shifts and turns within design practice worldwide and discusses theoretical implications of these. This module also explores frameworks from social science theory as to their relevance in throwing light on the social impacts of design processes and methods.
MODULE 3 – DESIGN MANIFESTOS: PROFESSIONAL AND NATIONAL
The two preceding modules cover designers view of their own work and engagement with society and the theoretical frameworks through which social science views design. This module explores design manifestos articulated by design schools, professional collectives and nations, over the course of the 20th century to see the ways in which designers see their own relevance in society.
MODULE 4 - PROVOCATIONS
The final module is in the form of provocations to the ideas explored in the preceding modules. The themes covered are the nature of professions in society, the possibilities and limits to design solving social problem and questions before utopian visions of design.
Assessment Details with weights:
The final grade would be composed of the following: