Postgraduate Course: dLab(1): Design for Social Change (DESI11103)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This DesignLab (dLab) interrogates the complex challenges and issues contemporary societies face that are social in nature. Drawing directly from issue-based themes from the RCUK Global Challenges Areas and the UN's Global Goals, each year a particular area is identified for participatory examination through design-led interventions, leading to propositions and prototyping of alternative futures which aim to make communities and societies fair, more inclusive and open to progressive futures which contribute to making the world a better place for everyone.
An aging population; the disappearance of the middle classes; lack of stable work resulting in 'gig economies'. These are just a few of the social challenges faced by communities in the Western World. Combine this with whole populations displaced by conflict and violence, those facing extreme poverty and hunger and global economic stagnation and you'll start to understand that the world¿s communities face significant social challenges as we move to our future.
dLab(1): Design for Social Change examines these complex spaces and places and sees how design-led practice can bring about creative and strategic change in order to increase the quality of life across a variety of circumstances, including contributions to health, wealth, and social innovation. In dLab(1): Design for Social Change we place human-centred practices at the heart of understanding the relationships forged between peoples and communities. We work with others and examine how new relationships and networks can be formed and mobilised, are able to empower those less fortunate, those struggling with inclusion and marginalisation in order to discover, make and adopt new futures in collaboration with change-makers, through design.
Each year, one dLab theme is identified in partnership with relevant stakeholders, drawn from the Global Challenges debates - the UN Global Goals and the RCUK Global Challenge areas provide insights into the selected themes. Through design-driven coursework dealing with issue-based contexts, you'll learn to analyse the circumstances, synthesize findings in a designerly way, and evaluate, with others, successful pathways leading to preferential change within the identified theme. Communication and reflection are key components of design practice we foster throughout coursework over the semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| The nature of studio courses is such that there is reasonable expectation of materials being consumed and deployed in the development of prototypes, models, and visualisations (including printing). For this course, a reasonable expectation is that students may spend an average of £50, but these costs vary significantly across individual projects and with students' choices of materials involved with project execution.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||This course has 2 components of assessment.
Component 1 (50%) a textual submission with supporting visuals (2000 words) outlining examination and synthesis of findings to the relevant theme of inquiry, which establishes a future direction for the remainder of the studio coursework. Submitted Week 6
Component 2 (50%) a final series of visualisations, prototypes, models, or other related work which concretises the student's proposition for change through design, including written text (2000 words) supporting the students' evaluation and reflection of their intended design-led change, and the communicative potential associated with their work. Submitted Week 13.
||In week 6, a group formative feedback event is held where each student delivers a visual presentation to their fellow students and teaching/research staff, summarising their written submission from Component 1, enabling internal examiners to provide audio captured verbal formative feedback regarding project scope, direction and future engagement leading to deeper understanding of requirements for component 2.
Further formative feedback is regularly provided through the course. This takes a variety of forms, including verbally through group and individual meetings where work and ideas are discussed with both peers and tutor.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate high-level skills in examination and distillation of critical information from a variety of primary and secondary sources through social engagement and participatory design methods
- Evidence significant ability in framing complex social issues leading to the generation of novel design-led propositions in a human-centred context
- Display professional standards of communicating proposals for social change through appropriate design platforms including a range of texts, images and objects, either alone or in combination
- Apply critical judgement in selecting from a wide variety of sources of information, and validation of choices through appropriate methods of articulated reasoning
- Articulate an appropriate degree of reflection regarding your personal project in the context of ethical, moral and inclusive considerations involving engaged research and design change when associated with peoples and communities
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
Be able to identify processes and strategies for learning
Be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
Search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
Be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts
Be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
|Keywords||design,issue-based design,strategic change,critical futures,social innovation,global challenges
|Course organiser||Dr Craig Martin
|Course secretary||Dr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740