Design History and Theory is offered at introductory and advanced levels to students across design disciplines. The courses are designed to engage with and reflect upon emergent practices and discourses in contemporary design.
Introduction to Theory and History of Design I and II
These courses provide an introduction to design in cultural and academic context, providing a comprehensive conceptual foundation through which to analyse and critically evaluate the designed environment.
II: Morality and the Ideology of Things
What is the relationship between design objects and the quality of human life? This course investigates the cultural, ideological and moral values inscribed in everyday objects.
Theory and History of Design I and II
Drawing on literature and critical discussion, these courses enable students to explore new methods and approaches to scientific research in design.
II: Matters of Life and Death
How can designers rethink survival strategies for economic, cultural and ecological survival in the midst of social, environmental and economic change? This course reflects upon the possibilities of design to address this question.
Design and/as Politics
How can we think about design as a tool for political and social activism? Responding to the ideas and research of invited speakers, this course examines the political dimension of design as well as the physical and visual designing of policy.
Material Culture II
Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love: coffeehouse debates on decolonising design
In this workshop, students will set up a coffeehouse — in its original form as a place for political gathering and discussion — to discuss the debates of the day. Exploring design as a phenomenon and practice historically and culturally tied to implicit and explicit modes of exclusion and domination, it will question what it might mean for design to be thought in relation to decoloniality? Participants begin to craft debates around what decolonising design means with the lecture and assigned text serving as the starting point for the coffeehouse debates.
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