This course introduces a variety of approaches, methodologies, issues and concerns in ‘research through practice’. Here, ‘research through practice’ refers to a broad continuum of artistic research approaches, practice-led and -based research approaches, and constructive design research approaches. The course introduces these through a series of specific examples of researchers and their research work from Aalto, other universities in Finland and elsewhere, including dialogs with and among these researchers. The courses is intended for PhD students within the School of Arts at Aalto, though some parts will also be open for interested faculty, researchers and research-interested students.
NOTE: This course is postponed until autumn 2017! Check for updates in spring 2016.
The course is structured as a series of 3-5 intensive contact teaching sessions in period II. Within these sessions, some parts are public, some parts are for 2ECTS students, and all parts are for 4ECTS students. The 2ECTS version of the course is a broad introduction, the 4ECTS version of the course focuses on deepening and applying this through pedagogical activities that guide students to integrate such perspectives within their own research work. Student preparation and reflection work varies based on the version of the course, this work takes place as individual and/or group work before and after the intensive sessions. Supporting literature provides a further account of such examples and grounds more fundamental issues relevant to research through art and design practice.
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