Methods & Theory
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGDS 5100
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design
  • Philosophy
This intensive reading course will guide students through the range of qualitative and quantitative methods commonly used in design studies and associated fields. The approaches covered will range widely and will include, among others, those with origins in aesthetic philosophy, critical theory, behavioral psychology, and science and technology studies. The theoretical assumptions, backgrounds, and trajectories that inform each approach will form the bulk of class discussions and will constitute the basis of regular weekly reading and writing assignments. Throughout the semester students will develop and pilot a multi-method proposal for a research design appropriate to a research question related to the field of design studies. Students will gain an applied knowledge of research methods and an appreciation for what constitutes a contribution to theory in the many domains of design studies.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Design Studies majors only.


Open to Graduate students.