Design & Social Sciences

Term: Fall 2010

Subject Code: GANT

Course Number: 6780

This course is a combination of seminar and lab goal is to create a framework for discussing the latest developments in design thinking and practice.  The seminar portion will use anthropological and psychological research on ritual and play to analyze the social dimensions of design practices such as brainstorming, prototyping, and visualization; readings will include Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Erving Goffman, Tim Brown, Roger Martin, John Thackera, and Tom Kelly. The lab portion of the course will focus on ‘designing’ a curriculum in design and social sciences. The course is designed to give students both a theoretical and practical understanding of ethnographic methods and their use in design. Open to upper level graduate students only. Crosslisted with PLDS 5100.