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.


After successful completion, the student is able to:

  1. Define and recognise innovations and distinguish them from novelties.
  2. Discuss and elaborate on the design profession’s impact upon society and culture.
  3. Explain how the design profession has evolved and understands the reasons for the changes.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 05.09.2022 - 21.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heidi Paavilainen

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: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    It is well-established fact that design and innovations have a powerful impact on the planet, but there is little existing discussion about innovations and design together. Therefore, in this course, we study the intertwined history of innovations and design, and how these two fields have influenced, for better or worse, each other. A common reference point in the discussion is to see how innovations and design conventions have contributed to the sustainability of the environment, economy, and the planet’s living beings. The course consists of recorded lectures that students explore independently. Learning is supported with assignments with set deadlines.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Study methods: Studying recorded lectures online (100% required), assignments. Optional online discussion groups are possible but not guaranteed.

    Workload amounts to 81 hours of student's work (1 cr = 27 h)

    • Independent work 64 h
    • Personal reflection 16 h
    • Giving course feedback 1 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Group size: min 20 max 200

    Priority order: DoD BA, Design (in Society) minor, Design exchange, Aalto, Open university, JOO

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