Schedule: 22.04.2020 - 20.05.2020
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
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THIS COURSE IS ORGANISED ONLINE
Topic: Introduction to Design Research -- setup meeting
Time: Mar 25, 2020 11:00 AM Helsinki
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Guy Julier is running this course for 2020.
This course involves you in exploring the content of design research at the Aalto Department of Design. Additionally, and importantly, you will be introduced to and put into practice important research skills. This practical exploration will be done through example – we will go through a selected doctoral dissertation from each of the department’s research groups. You will learn how to “dissect a dissertation”, namely how to perform and summarize a close reading, examine how different elements within a dissertation are crafted and related to one another, and discuss positioning within design research and background literature. You will be introduced and guided through some approaches to this. You will also take initiative in self-organising some parts of the course.
The course depends on individual reading outside of scheduled class meetings and students’ self-organised groupwork within and outside of scheduled class meetings.
Course meetings involve structured discussion of selected dissertations, guided by teachers but led by student groups. Preparation for each course meeting means that all students a) carefully read of a summary and one key chapter of each dissertation and b) one student /small group of students to have closely read through and summarized the dissertation to be discussed in the session and selected the chapter to read.
Hence a person / small group will be assigned to each dissertation, and that group will perform additional analyses and prepare the summary of the work and the course meeting associated with that dissertation. The additional analysis includes reading and analyzing the assigned dissertation through these lenses:
Argumentation: What does the research study in the dissertation consist of? How are research questions, units of analysis (or delimitation of the study), analysis and outcomes related?
Methods: What are the main research methods and how are these presented, performed and reflected upon? Research methods may be drawn from literature review, qualitative research, quantitative analysis, action/participatory action research, design or artistic productions, etc. etc.
Context: How is the dissertation contextualized in relation to research discourses, communities and beneficiaries? How does the author position themselves? What was the context for doing the research study and writing the dissertation?
Form: How does the argumentation connecting different parts of the study unfold in the book? What are relations between theory (or theories) and practice (or practices) in the book and how do those appear in the book? Practice may include qualitative research practices, design or production practices, etc. etc.
Students should discuss and develop their methods for performing an analysis along these lines and how they will present this in course meetings. In addition to a 3-6 page summary, the presentations may include an oral presentation, a visual map or other communicable format through which the whole class can gain an understanding and critically contribute.
To give the students an overview of the branches of design research, their backgrounds and topical discussions.
Give students examples of alternative ways to compose doctoral dissertations in design.
Examination and grade criteria
Students should attend 80% of course meetings in order to complete the course and to dissect one dissertation in its entirety. Work is continually assessed and as demonstrated in course discussions and the dissertation summary written. In case of additional absence discussed with and approved by a teacher, a make-up assignment may fulfill the absence.
Teaching methods and course literature
Guy, Elise and/or Turkka will lead the dissertation readings and discussions.
Selection of readings will also be openly discussed and potentially revised with students.
Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
After having completed the course the student has gained a sense of different branches of design research, their backgrounds and topical discussions. The course helps students to analyse argumentation, context, form and methods in alternative ways to compose doctoral dissertations in design.
Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Lectures, presentations and discussion. Reading and summarising selected previous doctoral dissertations.
Details on the course content (applies in this implementation):
Please don't take any notice of the room bookings. These are to be determined.
Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Contact teaching, independent work
Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
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 12 participants, priority to 1st year Department of Design doctoral candidates.