IDSE402 Theory of Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship

Name Quarter 1 (8 weeks) Quarter 2 (8 weeks) Quarter 3 (8 weeks) Quarter 4 (8 weeks)
Methods IDSE101
Design Research and Synthesis
Ethics in Design
Designing Systems
Product Management
Theory IDSE102
Design, Society and the Public Sector
Service Design
Storytelling in Design
Portfolio Development
Application IDSE103
Studio Foundation
Studio Research and Synthesis
Studio Ideation and Development
Studio Pilot Launch and Completion

About this course

This course teaches advanced theory of interaction design, specifically as related to dialogue, discourse, semantics, experience, and communication. Students will explore discourse related to the philosophical and sociological aspects of technology, and will relate this discourse to issues of wicked problems in society and culture.

Outcomes and competencies

The following outcome statements articulate the competencies, abilities, and skills a student will have as a result of completing this class. Students will...

  • Be able to describe complicated issues of design theory as related to design practice
  • Understand the historical underpinnings of the methods and processes used in design
  • Understand how to ground design decisions in a historical, philosophical context
  • Understand the relationship between behavior change, impact, and design

Core concepts and ideas

This class emphasizes the following main ideas, themes, and concepts:

  • Aesthetics, related to the visual, temporal, and cultural qualities of design solutions
  • Poetics and rhetoric, including the role of design in shaping both culture and behavior
  • Semantics and the subtle qualities of form in non-physical product, service or system design