800987 VU Design Thinking for Cultural Scholars

summer semester 2023 | Last update: 05.05.2023 Place course on memo list
VU Design Thinking for Cultural Scholars
VU 2

– Critical analysis of the design thinking approach

– Introduction into design research

– Study of design related theories from phenomenology and new materialism

– Practice of methods from design ethnography

In the context of the digital economy, so-called design thinking is being taught as the royal road to innovation. The course deals critically with this approach and reflects it from the perspective of up-to-date cultural and social research. Thereby the students learn both to define a design problem as a research question and to combine the two strategies: we will not only aim to scientifically consolidate design thinking, but also to creatively open up the research process.

– Attendance and participation

– Group works

– Presentations

– Writing assignments

Assessment based on attendance, participation, presentations, and writing assignments

– Bogost, Ian: Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2012.

– Müller, Francis: Design Ethnography. Epistemology and Methodology, Cham: Springer 2021.

– Norman, Don: The Design of Everyday Things, New York: Basic Books 2013.


see dates
03.06.2023 09:30 - 16:00 Uhr, online
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Group 0
Date Time Location
Fri 2023-05-05
11.30 - 18.00 40801 SR 40801 SR Barrier-free
Sat 2023-05-06
09.00 - 18.00 52U105 52U105 Barrier-free