Over recent years design has expanded from its traditional terrains and been adapted for application to social, systemic and public policy challenges. This course will provide an introduction to the emerging field of social design: the ideas and theories behind it, and the ‘how’ of practicing it. As well as a weekly talk on each topic from tutors, students will have the opportunity to read, reflect on, and debate some current ideas, arguments, controversies and research insights around social design, as well as gaining practical experience of trialling social design methods and practices in relation to a real world challenge. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own contexts, practices and interests, and bring these for discussion in the class in relation to social design. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of how to apply a social design approach in your own context.
This short course is run by the UAL Social Design Institute (SDI) and is informed by research from the SDI and the UAL research centres.
Students will have access to:
This is an 8-week online course, with one 2-hour webinar per week, plus up to 2 hours of work to do in between sessions. The course will be a mixture of readings, seminar discussions and practical exercises.
By the end of this course you will:
Who Should Attend:
This course is suitable for:
This is an introductory level course: no previous experience/ knowledge of design is necessary.
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Online short course materials
To take part in the Online sessions you will need:
As well as video conferencing, we will make use of online collaboration tools (e.g. Miro), although no prior experience of these is necessary. We will conduct a familiarisation exercise in the first class.
In some classes there will be drawing exercises to do (no prior drawing skills necessary), which can be done on pen and paper or using a tablet.
Please bring for the first session:
This Introduction to Social Design short course provides an overview of the field of social design. You will experiment with social design methods, applied to a real world situation, and develop a critical understanding of what it means to design for, in and with social contexts.