Design For Government (DfG, MUO-E8012) is a 10-ECTS advanced studio course in Aalto University's Creative Sustainability master's programme. DfG develops design addressing the complex challenges of the government and public sector. In the course, we apply empathic approaches to identify stakeholder needs, systems approaches to analyze the wider context of policies, and behavioural insight to identify and design relevant solutions.
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Schedule and structure of the course
Project groups and briefs
Practicalities and venues
Readings and course materials
This year, DfG will work with 2 projects commissioned by Finnish governmental ministries:
- Regional Sustainable Circular Food Systems, commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of the Environment
- Civil Servant 2.0: Future work of civil servants commissioned by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic affairs and employment, the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Transport and communications
As this is a 'client project' model course, then there is a contract between the ministries and Aalto University for each project brief. The IP of all concerned (students, university, ministries) is protected with an additional agreement that students sign - download here.
DfG runs through periods IV and V, which is week 8-12 (Mon 20 Feb - Sat 27 May). Contact teaching sessions are on Tuesdays.
Feb 21 Course starts!
Feb 28 ATLAS workshop with client stakeholders
Mar 7 Empathic Design block begins
Mar 21 Systems Thinking block begins
Apr 4 Mid-review with client stakeholders
Apr 11 Ideation, Behavioural Insight & Proposal block begins
May 23 Final public presentation
- June 6 Final report due
The course is structured according to a series of assignments, each of which are introduced, guided and presented in class. 3 assignments are conducted as blocks: Empathic Design, Systems Thinking and Behavioral Insight. More information is available in Assignments & Blocks (see menu at left in this webpage).
This is a studio course with a 'client project' model that is also intended as a learning experience in professional working situations (for example, as if you would be working within or for a ministry). Therefore the study groups and project will be pre-assigned, as it would be in such a situation! Group assignments will be based in large part on making interdisciplinary combinations of interests, skills and backgrounds from all of your applications to the course, and how those match up with the competencies implied by the Ministry briefs. The content, learning experiences and outcomes is the same quality regardless of the project to which you're assigned.
Contact teaching in the course is on Tuesdays and mostly takes place at the A-space ('blue' side at Otakaari 15) at Otaniemi Campus and in Arabia Campus. Exact dates and locations are specified in the continually updated detailed Schedule (see menu at left in this webpage).
Workload for students
DfG 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. Be prepared to work more if you are less familiar with empathic, systems, and behavioural and design approaches. As this is an advanced studio course we assume that you are acquainted with the basics. Based on our experiences from previous years, we strongly recommend that students do not take another big course at the same time!
Readings and course materials
Readings and course materials will shortly be added to the menu titled readings! Recommended background includes 'Design for Government: Human-centric Governance Through Experiments', a report produced by DfG with Demos Helsinki for the Finnish Prime Minister's office ; a summary of the report and links to download in Finnish and in English can be found here http://dfg-course.aalto.fi/2016/model-for-human-centric-governance/.
Course responsible Ramia Mazé firstname.lastname@example.org +358 50 4010 030
Seungho Lee email@example.com
Hella Hernberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Juha Kronqvist email@example.com
Taneli Heinonen firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers bios are here http://dfg-course.aalto.fi/teachers/
Emma Berg email@example.com +358 45 111 8967
In case you have questions about the course, contact either Ramia or Emma.