Students will explore Eco-Social Design as an emerging design paradigm that is normatively committed to sustainable development and scientifically grounded in a transdisciplinary approach. They will develop theoretical and practical competencies in interdisciplinary and systemic ways of thinking and working, and get to know frameworks to inform, guide and reflect on corresponding, practical design projects. The module is organized around three main thematic clusters:
The cluster "Self" focuses on individual habits, routines, practices, and mental infrastructures. In this module, students will engage with the meaning, implications, and potentialities of individual practices in the context of eco-social transformation. In addition, students will question and develop their own role perceptions and attitudes as eco-social designers.
In the "commons" cluster, students analyze and map dynamics of complex stakeholder systems and explore causes, effects, and ways of dealing with some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century from socio-political and socio-economic perspectives.
The "planet" cluster offers students the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of natural systems in general and gain specific insights into the topics climate, biodiversity, and natural resources . Students will be introduced to (environmental) science concepts relevant for sustainability transformation as a basis to inform their design work. Thus, the module provides the foundation to move from human-centered to planet-centered design approaches.
Focus modules are 20 short 2 day classes and workshops covering a wide range of subjects from research, design, futures, services, interactions, and sustainability. You can select 6 of these per semester, part-time students select 3 per semester.
Project modules focus on project-based learning directed to your own or a collaborative thesis. It includes weekly coaching sessions, introductions into thesis preparation courses, and various design workshops with external partners, foundations, and companies.
Lab modules are optional workshops focusing on material research, phygital (tangible and electronic) prototyping, dirty prototyping (fast, agile, across various media) and video storytelling etc.