• Civic Service Design (Graduate Minor)

  • Overview

    The Civic Service Design graduate minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.

    The Civic Service Design minor draws upon a practice and subfield of research and theory that connects to design, social theory, policy and management frameworks, methods and tools to reformulate participation and decision-making in the creation of public policies, programs, and environments towards more just and equitable cities and societies.

    This minor caters to students who are interested in working in or alongside governments, nonprofits and social movements to address public and civic challenges and creating awareness for social and political issues through designing forms of participation, collaboration, and commoning that enable sharing of information, spaces and resources among people in a city.

    Students in the minor also have access to a wide range of resources and activities through the Parsons DESIS Lab, from lectures and seminars by visiting scholars to research assistance opportunities.

    Curriculum

    This graduate minor requires successful completion of 9 credits. There are two required courses for this minor: the Public and Collaborative Lab and one lab course. In addition to the two required courses, students must select one elective from the chart below.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Subject AreaCourse OptionsRequirements
    Core coursePSDS 5302 Public and Collaborative Services (offered spring 2020)3 credits
    Lab courseUTNS 5105 Civic Imaginaries Lab
    PSDS 5305 Public Organization Culture Lab (offered spring 2020)
    3 credits
    ElectivesPSDS 5508 Public Space Lab
    PGDM 5140 Design Innovation and Leadership
    PSAM 5105 Storytelling with Data
    PSAM 5170 Data as Material
    PSCE 5090 Topics: Community Engagement and Design
    NURP 5032 Public Management: Managing for Performance and Public Value
    NPUP 6002 Policy Analysis
    NURP 6025 Transportation Planning and the Politics of Urban Mobility
    NMGM 5576 Critical Foundations for Management
    NMGM 5010 Management and Organizational Behavior
    GSOC 6201 Post-Democracy: A Survey of the Debate in the Global North and South
    3 credits

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this graduate minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • An understanding of the field of civic service design
    • Knowledge of public policy formation and its social, cultural, institutional, and political implications
    • Competence in applying various service design frameworks, methods, and tools
    • The ability to manage collaborative and participatory design processes, in particular, working in or alongside the public and social sectors
    • An understanding of the ethical considerations and constraints faced by designers, policymakers, and activists working in on civic issues

    Faculty

    Mariana Amatullo, Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management
    Lara Penin, Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design
    Nidhi Srinivas, Associate Professor of Management
    Eduardo Staszowski, Associate Professor of Design Strategies

    Eligibility

    The Civic Service Design graduate minor is available to graduate degree students across The New School. 

    Students can retroactively apply successfully completed courses toward a minor upon declaring or applying. 

    After a student successfully completes a minor's requirements, the minor will appear on the student's academic transcript and diploma at graduation.

    For questions about this minor, please contact Eduardo Staszowski, Associate Professor of Design Strategies, at staszowe@newschool.edu.

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