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.
2020 PROJECT BRIEFSThe two projects for DfG'20 are: 'Just Transition to Post-Oil Heating in Homes' (Ministry of Environment and ORSI research project/consortium) and 'Boosting Climate Education' (by the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish National Agency for Education, ORSI research project/consortium). Summaries of the project briefs are available here.
Each year, DfG works with 1-3 projects commissioned by Finnish governmental ministries. Examples of previous briefs are available at the public course website. As this is a 'client project' model course, 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, which is premised on national open access principles.
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.
COURSE STRUCTURE, LOCATION AND KEY DATES
DfG runs through two periods, period IV (26 Feb – 12 Apr 2019) and period V (15 Apr – 31 May 2019). There is no contact teaching on the last week of either period.
Contact teaching sessions are on Tuesdays and mostly takes place in the building Otakaari 1 on Aalto's Otaniemi Campus. 2020 Schedule is available from the left-hand menu on this webpage.
The course is structured according to a series of assignments, each of which are introduced, guided and presented in class. Three assignments are conducted as blocks: Human perspective, Systems perspective, Interventions and proposals. For insight into student work and outcomes of the course in general, check out these final videos, slides and reports from 2019 DfG!More about the assignments and references, see 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/.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT
Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the areas of human-centered research and design, systems thinking and behaviour insight in relation to policy-level design brief.
- Demonstrate creative and relevant application of these knowledge areas and methods within a 'real world' project brief commissioned by a Finnish governmental ministry.
- Describe the relevance of their project in terms of creative and analytic processes and in terms of some key literature, concepts, methods and tools from across the knowledge areas.
- Communicate verbally, visually and in writing to those from multiple disciplines, sectors and the public.
- Reflect critically on their own role within a multidisciplinary group and within the governmental context.
Assessment is done continuously by course teachers based on:
- Participation in contact teaching sessions and individual learning diaries (logs) (15% of final grade)
- Contribution to group work (planning and completing assignments and blog)(20% of final grade)
- Presentations and final report (mid-review 10%, final presentation 20%, final report 20%)
- In addition, teachers will take into account feedback from commissioners on quality (5% of final grade)
Course description in WebOodi. 85% attendance in contact teaching sessions is required unless otherwise agreed in advance. 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!
DfG'20 will share guest lecturers and teaching activities with MUO-E0008 Designing for urban governance and services (MyCourses link, WebOodi link ; 5ECTS period IV). It is possible to take BOTH courses simultaneously for a total of 15ECTS. Both courses will be located side-by-side in the building Otakaari 1 on Aalto's Otaniemi campus.
Schedule is available from the left-hand menu on this webpage.
In case there are more students interested in the course than there are places, there will be a selection process, and this is explained in DfG info in Oodi. DfG is a multidisciplinary course and we seek diverse abilities and students in addition to the normal student selection criteria. Therefore we ask all interested students to fill out an application for the course, which is open for DfG'20 until 4 Feb (17:00 Finnish/Eastern Standard Time). Master's students throughout Finland can apply for the course and attend through Joo agreement - for info about eligibility, see these Frequently Asked Questions.
CONTACTSCourse responsible Ramia Mazé firstname.lastname@example.org +358 50 4010 030
Núria Solsona Caba email@example.com
Taneli Heinonen firstname.lastname@example.org
Tania Rodrigues email@example.com
Teaching assistant Eeva Lehto firstname.lastname@example.org +358 04 49842379
+ guest lecturers
Teachers bios are here
In case you have questions about the course, contact either Ramia or the teaching assistant.