Special Topics in Strategic Design and Management
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 5130
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business for Design
Special topics in Strategic Design and Management that address emerging trends, practices and opportunities. The topics rotate frequently and the course may be repeated for credit. Pre-requisites vary with the topic. This course is crosslisted with PSDS 4700. Fall 2014 topics are:

Section A - "Sharing is Winning: Creating Value in New Economies"

This special topic elective focuses on the sharing/collaborative economy that is having an increasing impact on the business environment. Students will gain an appreciation for the emerging economy created by new enterprises and business models as well as learn how to apply its principles in the context of entrepreneurial ventures and designing new ways of doing business.

Section B - "The Human Factors of a Service System"

Service requests are initiated by humans and fulfilled by humans, who embody the core of the service system ecology. This course will delve into the principles of human factors and human behaviors that influence the interactions and outcomes of a service scenario. Gaining this appreciation will provide students with further guidance towards constructing mindful, meaningful, and effective design methodologies.

Section C - "Design Thinking, Culture & Economy"

This project based Studio explores challenges and potentials of cross cultural interactions, engaging the fertilization of different thought and behavior patterns to find opportunities and solutions for changing social, ecological and economic systems. Local or unique cultural content will not be researched for adaptions, but to gain new perspectives. Students will build on their research findings and envision models for new local economies - or new global perspectives. Concepts will be prototyped and evaluated, the design process documented and shared online.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students.


Open to Graduate students.