Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- summarise and debate communication design issues from different viewpoints
- paraphrase concepts such as discourse, authorship, practice, modernity, and epistemology
- explain the notions of material and designerly knowledge
- identify connections between communication design and theoretical frameworks beyond design theory

Credits: 6

Schedule: 23.10.2017 - 15.12.2017

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Arja Karhumaa

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Arja Karhumaa, Pekka Niskanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    An introduction to contemporary discussions and theories within visual communication design. Special attention is paid to design's inheritance from modernity, the nature of knowing and knowledge in different domains, and the notion of designerly and material knowledge. Relevant theories in other fields beyond design theory are also discussed, along with their potential contribution to design practice. In addition to lectures and discussions in class, a significant part of the course consists of working in independent reading groups, where thematic course literature is explored through reading, writing, and conversation.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Discussions, reading group work and blog posts. Successful completion of the course requires 80 % attendance in class, 100% attendance in reading group meetings, and that all writing exercises as well as the group work are completed and approved. 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Announced in the beginning of the course.