Course - Sustainability Transitions - TPD4210
TPD4210 - Sustainability Transitions
New from the academic year 2021/2022
Examination arrangement: Assignments
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The course addresses the role of design and designing in transitions to just and sustainable futures. Transitioning to more sustainable societies require changes in systems for food, mobility, energy, water, etc. The course aims to expand the candidates' knowledge and develop their ability to critically reflect on the role of design and designers in such transitions in a national and international context. The course focuses on lifestyles, and how they are connected to wider socio-technical and socio-ecological systems.
The course covers theories and methods for sustainability transitions, and topics such as communication and participatory planning and design of interventions with societal actors.
Knowledge: Candidates have gained knowledge of theories and methods for evaluating design's contribution to (transitions towards) sustainable societies. They have gained understanding of systemic relations and change, and familiarity with methods for developing visions, involving stakeholders and designing at different scales and time horizons. They can map and analyse systems, identify opportunities for change, and critically reflect on designers’ roles and responsibilities.
Skills: After completing the course the candidates have gained practical experience in critically analysing how products and services, technologies and infrastructures relate to and affect society and nature, and in identifying opportunities for change. They have gained basic experience with application of research skills in a design project.
General qualifications: Candidates have gained knowledge of theories, methods and practices related to the role of design and design professionals in sustainability transitions. They are able to analyse, identify and critically reflect on opportunities for designing for sustainability transitions and catalysing systems-level change.
Learning methods and activities
The course language is English. Activities include exercises, analysis of cases and/or project work. Candidates receive guidance, lectures and guest lectures. Participation in the course gives access to supplementary resources from the course TPD4200.
Further on evaluation
Evaluation is done based on assignment conducted individually. Assignments handed in throughout the semester will be evaluated together.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken. Candidates can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.
Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Design (MSDESIG)
Recommended previous knowledge
The course is reserved for students in the 2-year international master's degree programme in Industrial Design (MSDESIG).
Required previous knowledge
TPD4156 - Design 7 - Service Design
Will be announced at course start.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: SPRING 2022
Language of instruction: English
- Eco Design
- Design Methodology
Examination arrangement: Assignments
- Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
- Spring ORD Assignments 100/100 INSPERA
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- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"