Courses

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 II

Björn Franke

Drawing on literature and critical discussion, these courses enable students to explore new methods and approaches to scientific research in design. Classes are taught in German.

The Morality and Ideology of Things

Diese Vorlesungsreihe untersucht anhand von Artefakten und Designrichtungen, welche kulturellen, ideologischen und moralischen Wertvorstellungen in alltägliche Gegenstände eingeschrieben sind. Designtheorien und Designbegriffe werden im Hinblick auf das Selbstverständnis von Designern und Designerinnen beleuchtet, sowie die sich daraus ergebenen Herangehensweisen an Probleme und Aufgaben.

Summer Semester 2019

Theory and History of Design II

Björn Franke

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. Classes are taught in German.

Matters of Life and Death

Das langfristige Überleben des Menschen auf dem Planeten Erde scheint angesicht massiver gesellschaftlicher, technologischer und ökologischer Probleme immer fraglicher zu werden. Da diese Probleme meist zu groß zu sein scheinen, um individuell oder kollektiv gelöst zu werden, werden sie oft in eine unbestimmte Zukunft verlagert. Für Designer ist es darüber hinaus schwierig sich diesen Problemen zu stellen, da häufig der Wunsch nach ganzheitlichen Lösungen besteht, was allerdings eine Umkehr der globalen Produktionsbedingungen der letzten 200 Jahre erfordern würde. Statt die Veränderung des Systems anzustreben, gilt es nach Möglichkeiten und Strategien des Überlebens zu fragen, gewohnte Denk- und Lebensweisen zu reflektieren, aufzugeben oder zu verändern.

Summer Semester 2019

Design in its Social and Political Context

Björn Franke

Design as Politics

Design is most often understood as the creation and production of more or less useful stuff and less as a political activity. The design of artefacts, however, is always also a decision about how people are supposed to live, communicate and behave. As a result it is socially constitutive. Conversely, political decisions also are always design decisions. This course explores the political dimensions of design as well as the material and visual dimension of politics together with invited guests. The course will be held in German.

Summer Semester 2019

Material Culture II

Alison J. Clarke

Designing Value(s) 2 with Martina Grünewald

This seminar offers room to review, deepen and extend themes from Designing Value(s) 1. It engages in the craft of scholarship through the critical reading, written reflection and discussion of select texts from various literary genres (i.e. scholarly essay, social study, historical analysis, ethnography, expert interview, autobiographical novel, statistical survey). We chart important historical and contemporary understandings of the creation, organisation, localisation and renewal of social, cultural and economic values such as beauty, function, labour, gender, dignity and agency as they impact, and are impacted by, the designer’s professional profile and work.

Summer Semester 2019

Diploma Tutorials

Alison J. Clarke

By appointment.

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Privatissimum für DissertanInnen

Alison J. Clarke

By appointment.

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