Industrial Design

module 1: Philosophy of design
This contribution introduces students to the basics of the ethics and philosophy of design, as an integrated element of a general introduction to the field.

module 4: Ethics of industrial design
The course enables students to identify and deal with the specific responsibilities of industrial designers. They will learn both about existing guidelines (e.g. the codex of the German association for industrial design) and about ethics as systematic reflection on value-judgments.

module 5: Human-product relations
On the basis of an introduction to the theory of human-technology relations and the ethics of behavior-influencing design, students learn to analyze the relations between a product-in-design and its future users, to anticipate the impact of products on people’s behavior and experience, and to reflect on the ethics of behavior-influencing products.

module 6: Logic and Socratic debate
In this joint module for IO, TBK, and WB, students are introduced to logic and to Socratic debate techniques that stimulate critical reflection.

module 11: Philosophy and sociology of technology
In this module students learn to reflect on the nature of design, in which ‘design for urban sustainability’ will be the central theme and ‘case’. They learn to reflect on basic concepts like design, the city, nature and technology. For this reflection they acquaint themselves with conceptual tools like value-sensitive design and with theoretical notions they will apply to a product or service.

module 12: Reflection on graduation project
Module 11 will have a follow-up in module 12 in the form of a (1 day) Workshop, during which students will apply the knowledge acquired in module 11 to reflect on their graduation project.