Jun 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

DES 4930 - Special Topics: Design and the Human Condition

Credits: 2 - 8 credits

The design environment impacts us every day. This seminar course will explore core questions about design and its intrinsic links to architecture, engineering, and sustainability. Unlike a technical design class, this course re-orients the conversation about design towards core issues of ethics and the humane. In a world that is developing more rapidly than ever, examining the social ethics of how we interact with designed spaces is increasingly relevant and critically urgent. There is an intrinsic connection between the spaces that we build and how we inhabit them in the full spectrum of what it means to be human. This is a discussion-heavy course which is designed to engage students with design through multiple scales of engagement: the inner, the self, the interpersonal, the communal, and the civic. How do the spaces we design affect our way of being in the world? What does it mean to be beholden to our communities? How is design shaped by the larger forces of society, economy, and political systems? We will focus primarily on design as a vehicle for empathy, sustainability, and social impact.

Fulfills: AL in Ls Core