The 5ECTS course "Designing for urban governance and services" provides an overview of the current and emerging uses and roles of design in the public sector. It introduces core terminologies, theories, methods and examples of design, planning and other creative professional roles in the context of urban governance and public services. The aim is to familiarise students with recent knowledge in the design field and to develop their skills in applying design approaches in the USP studios and in their profession.
The main themes are:
- Overview of the public governance and service provisioning system including key concepts, principles, processes and roles.
- Introduction to present and future approaches, issues and trends in the public sector, with focus on design and planning implications.
- Introduction to design theories, methods and approaches relevant in the public sector, including human-centered design, participatory design, co-design, design for services, design for policy, systems design, design activism and critical design.
- Examples of design activities, cases and experts from the field. Critical analysis of the value, potential and challenges of design in the public sector.
Helsinki University course description and registration in Oodi
This course is offered by Aalto Dept of Design within the joint Aalto University and Helsinki University master's program in "Urban Studies and Planning (USP)". In 2018, Aalto students can enroll in in the masters program as a minor studies course package.
For students that are not registered in the USP major or minor study program, the course is also available to students from other degree programmes as an elective. Responsible teacher sets the limit on number of student places in the course. If there are more students registered for the course than there are places in the course, there will be a selection process. Priority order for selection is specified in the course description in Oodi.
Registration for the course closes 10 days before the first day of class, whereupon elective students will be notified if they have a place in the course.