Schedule: 24.02.2020 - 28.02.2020
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
The course leader for 2020 is Guy Juiler firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
III or IV
Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
After having completed the course the student understands what is good practice in academic discussion; has gained practice in good skills in presenting one’s research topic including positioning research contribution and articulating the rationale of the approach; and has gained skills in academic discourse and argumentation.
Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Winter school focuses on developing doctoral students' research plans. It is organized as a one-week seminar consisting of presentations and discussions. Preparing and reviewing research plans is a mandatory pre-assignment for the course.
Details on the course content (applies in this implementation):
Design research is a young and rapidly changing field of academic enquiry. It maintains fuzzy borders with its cognate disciplines while also embracing disciplinary, multi-, inter-, cross- and post-disciplinary research practices. The heterogeneity of design research makes it particularly difficult, and interesting, to situate the design researcher and their methodologies, epistemologies and outcomes. Establishing a critical and reasoned position here is challenging, and yet it is an immensely important and, often, overlooked part of doctoral activities.
This course is dedicated to helping doctoral students in their understanding of the fields and practices of design research. This is such that they can both understand its broader and varied terrain while also articulating nuanced and critical perspectives onto specific, relevant positions in design research.
More practically, students identify and map the different institutional infrastructures of design research and related fields -- such as prominent research centres, conference circuits, online fora -- how these have come about and how these shape certain ways of doing and thinking about design research. This will help in the situating of their respective areas of enquiry but also in considering their career development. This need not be through deference to these -- indeed, students are encouraged to understand the potential for academic and professional rupture that their own work might present.
Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
pass / fail
Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
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:
- 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);
- 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;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
- 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
- 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;
- students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
- 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;
- students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
- 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):
Minimum number of participants: 8
Max 24 students, priority to 1st doctoral candidates at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.