Design for the End of Life
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 5303
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design Research
  • Design
  • Service Design
Death is a part of life, and yet designers have traditionally contributed little to improve the experience surrounding it. In this project-based course we will use the methods of design to reframe death as a natural part of life. Students will investigate current practices, standards and regulations that regulate industries associated with end-of-life care in the hospice context in the United States and internationally. In particular, we will focus on the provision of services for underserved communities. Working with experts in the field of palliative care as lecturers and respondents to students’ work, this course will build upon insights and ideas distilled from interviews, visits, and testimony from hospice workers, patients, and family. Students develop design-based responses to research, which are expected to manifest results from fieldwork and culminate in an actionable proposal. A small group of hospice care providers will also be invited to take part in this seminar on a regular basis to provide ongoing response to students’ ideas, questions and concerns.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Graduate students and upper-level undergraduates, by permission only.


Open to Graduate students.