2020 Social Design Project

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

This course aims to provide learning of a variety of social design projects and their multi-faceted structures through omnibus styled lectures, discussion and exercises. It reveals significance of holding holistic perspective and attitude which enable us to combine knowledge and techniques from multiple disciplines in research and social implementation.

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.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Experiences in practice, such as engineering consultancy, architectural design, R&D, will be shared to teach significance of multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills in social designing. The faculty in charge will indicate significance of each and points to learn throughout the course.


society, design, values, communication, transdiscipline

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Classes include lectures to introduce different perspectives, followed by group discussion. Later classes consist of group project work to create a social design and present it.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 1. Lecture: Introduction to the course. What is 'social' and what is 'design'? 2. Lecture and Exercise: Communicating science to the public - translating coronavirus pandemic into international crisis by Prof Kayoko Nohara Understanding of the requirements of the
Class 2 Delivering value to clients: Transport solutions for the Royal Parks (UK) by Dr Giorgio Salani
Class 3 Creating original value: Making pottery in the 21st century by Dr Giorgio Salani
Class 4 Morality, Work, and AI by Dr Istvan Zaldai
Class 5 Morality and Inclusivity by Istvan Zaldai
Class 6 Introduction to computational design with architectural historical context by Dr Satoru Sugihara, ATLV
Class 7 How psychology can apply to practical design activities by Dr Takanobu Omata, SONY Corporation

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

For reference only:
①Kayoko Nohara (2004) Translation Studies in Discussions 『ディスカッションで学ぶ翻訳学』, Sanseido 三省堂.
④⑤Tom Shakespeare (2006) Disability Rights and Wrongs, London: Routledge.

Assessment criteria and methods

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

Related courses

  • TSE.C201 : Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

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

Ability to understand lectures and to discuss in English.

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