Credits: 10

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 17.10.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Julia Lohmann and Annamari Vänskä

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

On completion of the course, the students can:

(1) Identify and exemplify critical design practices

(2) Explain their historical, theoretical and cultural roots

(3) Summarize their key design methodological implications

(4) Apply critical approaches to drive creativity in their own field of design. 

 

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course introduces critical approaches to design addressing it as an evolving, political and activist field. It gives an introduction to different practices of critical design including speculative design, transition design, design activism, anti-fashion and their theoretical and historical foundations.

 

The course coaches the students to apply research-oriented critical approaches to analyze and reflect upon their actions, mindsets, methods and outputs on their own field of design practice. The course guides the students to understand the importance of curiosity on social, political, cultural and ecological issues and it provides skills to apply critical approaches as a springboard for groundbreaking designs dealing with relevant societal challenges.

 

During the course the students will experiment with design challenges and use design as a vehicle for critical deliberation. In the end of the course the students will exhibit and articulate a critical design statement. They learn to explicate the foundations of their critical stand.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Passing the course requires:

(1) Attending 80% of the contact sessions.

(2) Oral and written reflection of the study material and their deliberative design process.

(3) Completion of the design assignment.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

270 h

lectures 30h

group discussions and tutoring, reviews 60 h

literature study and writing assignments 50h

design assignment and studio work 100 h

Personal reflection 30 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Matt Malpass (2017). Critical design in context: history, theory and practice. London: Bloomsbury. (selected chapters). Other literature sources will be given during the course.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course replaces course MUO-E5008 in the old degree requirement

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=MUO-E5019

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0-5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi

 

 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.

 

Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

 

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Max 70 students. The course is compulsory for all students from MA Programmes from Contemporary Design and Fashion, Textile and Clothing Design.

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