MUO-E3011 Design Strategy and Leadership
,9 April – 18 May 2018.
How are design and economics related? What are the key economic challenges that designers face today and how might we respond? What non-monetary economies can we engage with?
Through this 6-week course you will explore issues such as the effects of global finance, intellectual property and open innovation as well as informal and alternative economies. It is premised on a need to develop design strategies and leadership that reach beyond current economic orthodoxies.
You will participate in lectures, micro-assignments, reading groups and discussions. These will prepare you to define and develop an individual or group project that cultivates new ways of intervening in contemporary economic practices.
· understand the roles of design in key economic processes;
· develop personal, critical positions in relation to the roles of design in identified economic processes;
· explore and articulate strategic responses or design proposals that address problematics within identified economic processes.
· participate in lectures, reading groups and workshops that explore design leadership, strategy and economies;
· undertake exercises that gather data, explore practices and analyse their significance in a range of macro- and micro-economic contexts;
· carry out research through primary and secondary sources to critically explore specific economic practices and current and potential roles of design therein;
· develop a strategy and/or design intervention in relation to identified economic practices while exploring their potentials and limitations in terms of scale, longevity and resilience;
· articulate a coherent and reasoned exposition of the above, in accessible and self-critical formats;
· engage in peer-supportive learning and evaluation
The course consists of 270 working hours:
· lectures and seminars, 30 hours;
· workshops and presentations, 50 hours;
· assignment, 16 hours;
· material/video production and final report, 174 hours.