Senior Seminar: Ethics of Design
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 4009
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Justice
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
In this seminar, we will look at ethical issues that relate to design culture from the points of view of designers, consumers, and citizens. Are ethical issues a matter of personal choice, or are they issues of social obligation? What issues are raised by contemporary philosophical ethics regarding other humans, other species, and the environment? Are the design professions essentially instruments to promote consumption, to encourage excess, and to serve the most monied clients and corporations? Is ethical action at best a marginal activity in the contemporary world? The course will be conducted as a seminar, and in-class participation will be expected. Responses to the readings will be required on a weekly basis. Students will collaborate research projects about ethical issues relating to shelter, clothing, food, resources, and materials in the world today. Pathway: Design Studies
Open to: Parsons seniors only. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
Open to Undergraduate students.