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
Tania Rodrigues
Teaching assistant to be announced

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.

Public course website

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the areas of human-centered research and design, systems thinking and behaviour insight in relation to policy-level design brief.
  • Demonstrate creative and relevant application of these knowledge areas and methods within a 'real world' project brief commissioned by a Finnish governmental ministry.
  • Describe the relevance of their project in terms of creative and analytic processes and in terms of some key literature, concepts, methods and tools from across the knowledge areas.
  • Communicate verbally, visually and in writing to those from multiple disciplines, sectors and the public.
  • Reflect critically on their own role within a multidisciplinary group and within the governmental context.

Assessment is done continuously by course teachers based on:

  • Participation in contact teaching sessions and individual learning diaries (logs) (15% of final grade)
  • Contribution to group work (planning and completing assignments and blog)(20% of final grade)
  • Presentations and final report (mid-review 10%, final presentation 20%, final report 20%)
  • In addition, teachers will take into account feedback from commissioners on quality (5% of final grade)

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

Course description in WebOodi. 85% attendance in contact teaching sessions is required unless otherwise agreed in advance. 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!

DfG'20 will share guest lecturers and teaching activities with MUO-E0008 Designing for urban governance and services (MyCourses linkWebOodi link ; 5ECTS period IV). It is possible to take BOTH courses simultaneously for a total of 15ECTS. Both courses will be located side-by-side in the building Otakaari 1 on Aalto's Otaniemi campus.

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 main and sub-sections on the DfG MyCourses page

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 


DfG runs through two periods, period IV - V. There is no contact teaching on the last week of either period. Contact teaching sessions are on Tuesdays.

  • 25 Feb - Course starts!
  • 3 Mar - Workshop with ministry stakeholders
  • 31 Mar - Mid-Review
  • 19 May - Final public presentation 
  • 2 June - Final report due


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