Credits: 10

Schedule: 26.02.2019 - 21.05.2019

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

Course responsible Ramia Mazé +358 50 4010 030
Núria Solsona Caba
Taneli Heinonen
Teaching assistant (to be announced soon)

Teachers and bios are here 

In case you have questions about the course, contact either Ramia or the teaching assistant.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Design For Government (DfG, MUO-E8012) is a 10-ECTS advanced studio course in Aalto University's Creative Sustainability master's programme. DfG develops design addressing the complex challenges of the government and public sector. In the course, we apply empathic approaches to identify stakeholder needs, systems approaches to analyze the wider context of policies, and behavioural insight to identify and design relevant solutions.

The course is structured according to a series of assignments, each of which are introduced, guided and presented in class. Three assignments are conducted as blocks: Human perspective, Systems perspective and Intervention perspective. More information will shortly available on this webpage - check out the 2018 DfG MyCourses page to get a general idea of the assignments in the meantime.

This is a studio course with a 'client project' model that is also intended as a learning experience in professional working situations (for example, as if you would be working within or for a ministry). Therefore the study groups and project will be pre-assigned, as it would be in such a situation! Group assignments will be based in large part on making interdisciplinary combinations of interests, skills and backgrounds from all of your applications to the course, and how those match up with the competencies implied by the Ministry briefs. The content, learning experiences and outcomes is the same quality regardless of the project to which you're assigned.

This year, DfG will work with 2 project commissioned by Finnish governmental ministries. The briefs will be announced shortly here and on the DfG website and Facebook page.

Public course website

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Course description in WebOodi. DfG is 10 ECTS. This equals 270 total hours of work, or 19.2 hours per week, which is roughly 3 full working days per week. Be prepared to work more if you are less familiar with human, systems, and intevention and design approaches. As this is an advanced studio course we assume that you are acquainted with the basics. Based on our experiences from previous years, we strongly recommend that students do not take another big course at the same time!

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Recommended background includes 'Design for Government: Human-centric Governance Through Experiments', a report produced by DfG with Demos Helsinki for the Finnish Prime Minister's office ; a summary of the report and links to download in Finnish and in English can be found here

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

Details on the course content, including the assignments, venues and materials, are provided under separate sections on the MyCourses page.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 


DfG runs through two periods, period IV (25 Feb – 12 Apr 2019) and period V (15 Apr – 31 May 2019). There is no contact teaching on the last week of either period. Contact teaching sessions are on Tuesdays.

  • Feb 26 - Course starts!
  • 5 Mar - Workshop with ministry stakeholders
  • 2 Apr - Mid-Review
  • 21 May - Final public presentation 
  • 4 June - Final report due


Registration and further information