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.
DfG'18 will share guest lecturers and teaching activities with MUO-E0008 Designing for urban governance and services (5ECTS period IV). It is possible to take BOTH courses simultaneously for a total of 15ECTS. Both courses will be located side-by-side on Otaniemi campus.
SECTIONS OF THIS WEBPAGESchedule
Project brief and teams
Practicalities and venues
2018 PROJECT BRIEFThis year, DfG will work with 1 project commissioned by Finnish governmental ministries:
Future of Finland’s Hiking Areas – New uses, users and identities, commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of the Environment.
As this is a 'client project' model course, then there is a contract between the ministry and Aalto University for the project brief. The IP of all concerned (students, university, ministry) is protected with an agreement that students sign - see here for more info.
DfG runs through periods IV and V, Mon 19 Feb - Sat 26 May. Contact teaching sessions are on Tuesdays.
|Feb 20 Course starts! Human Perspective block begins
27 Feb ATLAS workshop with client stakeholders
|13 Mar Systems Perspective block begins
4 Apr Mid-Review
11 Apr Intervention Perspective block begins
22 May Final public presentation
5 June 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: Human perspective, Systems perspective and Intervention perspective. More information is available in Assignments & Blocks section on 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.
Readings can be found in the Assignments section on this webpage, 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/.
Contact teaching in the course is on Tuesdays and mostly takes place at U405a Otakaari 1, at Otaniemi Campus. Exact dates and locations are specified in the continually Schedule and a map can be found under Practicalities and venues in this webpage.
Course description in WebOodi. 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 human, systems, and intevention 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!
Course responsible Ramia Mazé email@example.com +358 50 4010 030
Taneli Heinonen firstname.lastname@example.org
Hella Hernberg email@example.com
Seungho Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
(on leave in 2018) Juha Kronqvist juha.kronqvist@ aalto.fi
+ guest lecturers
Teachers bios are here
Teaching assistant Petra Leino email@example.com +358 41 502 3227
In case you have questions about the course, contact either Ramia or Petra.