2018 Participatory Design in Energy Business

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Saijo Miki  Ohashi Takumi 
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Intensive (EEI211, 6/28・7/19・7/26・8/2)  
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Course description and aims

Energy science is a strong example of science deeply rooted in the society because 1) energy is needed for every one's daily life, 2)people's view about energy have very wide diversity, 3) trade-off between energy consumption and quality of life is a question opened for all members of the society.Therefore scientists and engineers in energy research field ought to have own philosophy of the dialogue with non-scientists. This course aims to establish a base on which students create their own idea for building a scaffolding for dialogue among people with different background through the participatory design to energy business.

Student learning outcomes

This intensive course is designed to give students insight into various knowledge and opinions related to energy and society with a focus on participatory design to energy business. Especially this year we will shed the light to to energy saving issues in small and medium sized companies in Tokyo, students will be informed by and talked with the specialists of this issues and owners or employees of these company. By these tasks students could learn the perspective of bridging global environmental issues and local business sustainability issues in Tokyo.


Energy business, participatory design, case study ,group work, energy saving, business succession, business sustainability

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first half of the class, a guest speaker who is an actor in the leading edge research or business deliver a lecture and pose questions. In the latter half, the main points of the lecture and questions are discussed in detail. Students are asked to provide solutions to some of the questions through group work and ask their own questions suitably under the leadership of the instructor(facilitator).

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 This is a one-week summer intensive course with 2 classes per day. Students will be informed and required to discuss about the following theme: Theme 1 : Participatory design for energy business Theme 2: Energy saving technology and consumer's behavior change Theme 3: Cost and benefit of energy saving in small and medium sized company in Tokyo Theme 4: Case study of participatory design for energy saving and business creation and succession The instructor indicates assignment.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

The instructor specifies materials.

Assessment criteria and methods

Group work and presentation, home-work: 50%
Final report: 50%

Related courses

  • ESD.C501 : Commication Design:Theory & Practice
  • ESD.E403 : Product Service System Design

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2Q Thursday 5-10 period (tentative)

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