Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 28.02.2022 - 23.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Nuria Solsona Caba

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Substitutes for Courses
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


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum number of students: 12 ; Maximum number of students: 15-27 ; Number of student places depends on number of project briefs from ministries.

    Postgraduate (doctoral) students can take the course on the same workload basis as master s students. Bachelor students can apply if they have completed at least 180 ECTS.

    More information (including Frequently Asked Questions) at

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    All interested students can register through WebOodi. Additional application information will be emailed to you by the teacher.

    Selection of students for the course is based on an additional application process that checks some prerequisite knowledge for the course. Based on the submitted applications, if there are more qualified applicants for the course than there are places in the course, there will be a selection process.

    If there is a selection process, the order of priority in student selection is: CS students for whom the course has been scheduled in the students PSP (HOPS) ; students for whom the course is part of their major's or programme's alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year, 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; all other students.

    DfG is a multidisciplinary elective course. Therefore the order of priority for student selection is also based on prerequisite knowlege and the learning outcomes of the course.