2016 Social Design Project

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Nohara Kayoko  Hope Tom  Abe Naoya  Sato Yuriko  Shirabe Masashi  Tokimatsu Koji  Nishikizawa Shigeo  Yamaguchi Shinobu 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to simulate and provide experience of social design based on values obtained through discussion. After studying knowledge of basic theory given in lectures, groups will focus on one particular claim derived from group work and create a concrete proposal, supported by a clear vision. The process is learned from conception to presentation of the social design you want to achieve, using practical techniques from multiple disciplines including Design Thinking, Translation Studies and Sociology.

Student learning outcomes

Students will gain skills to design social activities and social transformation using a variety of different viewpoints.
The course aims to nurture the students' flexibility to modify the project as it proceeds, while considering overall constraints imposed by environmental conditions, diversity and changes in values. Finally, you should be aware of how acceptance of your preferred societal design concept is inseparable from the ways in which you present and deal with media issues.


society, design, value, perspective, media

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Firstly, lectures will provide basic theory and concepts. Group work will then be used to explore possibilities of social change by students' giving concrete ideas. Groups will give the final presentations of social design. Guidance will be given when appropriate. Students must read the learning objectives before each class and prepare and review as necessary.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is a 'social system' in a broad sense? Translation Theory, Community Theory etc.
Class 2 Selecting a value: what is necessary for society? System Theory, Design Engineering Theory etc.
Class 3 Social designing based on selected value Reveal the social image based on values and ideas.
Class 4 Project designing Share image of the artefacts
Class 5 Project reviewing The connection between the designed artefacts and the society aimed at.
Class 6 Preparing a creative and effective presentation Structuring of a presentation for social design.
Class 7 Communicating the value of the plan and receiving external evaluation Checking the idea in preparation for communicating it.
Class 8 Summary and review


Check OCW as the course proceeds.

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not decided

Assessment criteria and methods

Contribution in discussions and preparation, final output, creativity and originality in presentation.

Related courses

  • TSE.C201 : Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Nothing particular

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