The course provides an overview to the history of Finnish design focusing on the post war era and the contemporary. It illuminates the connections of design with the social, political, economical and technical development and the phenomena and ideologies in other fields of cultural life. It gives the student a set of historical and conceptual corner stones to understand the role and position of design in society, and insights and vocabulary to anticipate and create design driven cultural and societal changes.
Because of the various cultural backgrounds of the students, the course has a dual agenda. For a foreign student, it provides surface of reflection for her to identify the unique features of Finnish design with reference to her own. For a Finnish student, it provides tools to decontextualize the everyday for having a fresh look on the foundations of our material culture.
Please see the files below for detailed information about how to do the course. You can choose either alternative A, which includes lectures and assignments, or alternative B, which includes an exam and an assignment.
Responsible teacher: Kaisu Savola
Responsible professors: Ramia Mazé and Pekka Korvenmaa
If you have any questions after reading the instructions, ask Kaisu by email: email@example.com.
Assessment methods and criteria are based on attendance in contact teaching sessions (minimum 75% attendance to pass), delivery of all assignments, and an average of the grades on the assignments.
For the five assignments in the course, grading is as follows:
- Assignments 1 and 2 are graded based on: understanding the assignment and following the deadline (33,3%), answering the questions in a critical and independent way (33,3%), visual elements and readability (33,3%).
- Assignments 3 and 4 are graded pass/fail, pass requires delivering the assignment according to the guidelines.
- Assignment 5 is graded based on: understanding the assignment and following the deadline (33,3%), quality of research and presentation of proposal (33,3%), visual elements and readability (33,3%).
- More detailed explanation of these grading categories can be found under the Assignments section of this webpage.