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.


- Interpret human-centered design, systems thinking and behavior change approaches to policy-level design briefs.


- Implement these approaches and associated methods within a project brief commissioned from within the Finnish government.


- Analyze collected information and integrate conclusions to develop creative proposals.


- Communicate their processes and outcomes verbally, visually and in writing to those from multiple disciplines, sectors and the public.


- Manage their project content and process, multidisciplinary team work and commissioner relationship.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 25.02.2020 - 19.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ramia Maze

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ramia Maze

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


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment is done continuously by course teachers based on:

    • Participation in contact teaching sessions (including 80% attendance unless otherwise agreed in advance with teacher in charge ; attendance is mandatory for the first day of class, for the mid-review and Final Show) 

    • Individual and group work, including management and completion of assignments

    • Learning diaries (logs) and work-in-progress reports (blogs)

    • Presentations and final report

    In addition, teachers will take into account feedback from commissioners on:

    • Quality of project outcomes

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course 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. Students should not take another big course at the same time. Contact teaching is scheduled on 1 day per week.Tentative distribution of student workload below.


    Contact teaching days:

    - 24h lectures and  individual/group guidance (workshops, tutorials, peer-feedback)

    - 4h group sharing or presentations

    - 42h independent work on given assignments


    Independent individual/group work:

    - 12h project and groupwork planning

    - 62h stakeholder and systems research and analysis

    - 57h design development and communication

    - 8h learning diaries and work-in-progress reports

    - 28h preparing presentations and report

    - 30h time to think


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course literature is adjusted on a yearly basis. See also the report ‘Design for Government: Human-centric governance through experiments’ (in Finnish ‘Design for Government - kokeiluilla ihmislähtöistä ohjausta’) produced by Design for Government with Demos Helsinki for the Finnish Prime Minister’s office.

    Students in the course sign an agreement about intellectual property rights (Creative Commons CC BY 4.0), in accordance with the course contract with project commissioners.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This is an advanced studio course. This means that the course does not focus on acquisition of basic knowledge but on the application of knowledge to address project briefs commissioned from governmental ministries. As the course is part of a multidisciplinary master program (Creative Sustainability), sources of knowledge come from diverse disciplines. Students are expected to have basic knowledge in areas such as user research and human-centered design (such as ‘empathic’ approaches), systems thinking, policy design and design for behavioral change (such as ‘behavioral insight’). Students should have good to excellent knowledge and experience of such areas from previous courses and/or other equivalent experiences.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals



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