APHT

3103

Ethnogaphic Methods for Design

Parsons Paris: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Ethnographic Methods for Des.

Fall 2018

Taught By: Giulia Mensitieri

Section: PC2

CRN: 7193

Credits: 3

Why should ethnography foster your design practices? Because design ethnography is a way of exploring the diversity of human behavior to strengthen your knowledge of society and of the users' habits, cultures and lifestyles. Ethnography is a methodology associated with anthropology that understands humans as socio-cultural beings. It is is relevant to the field of design because it helps gain insight on the user's environment, because it gives nuance – if not contradicts – the designer's worldview, and finally because it accounts for a more holistic approach of the design research process. Whether your field of design pertains to design practice, design thinking, design strategies or design history, it is thus crucial to understand the societies for which we design and to reflect on the effects of design practice onto those. How can we investigate and understand the diverse range of individuals and communities that we design for? How can this understanding shape the way we practice design? This course introduces you to the principales of anthropology and to ethnographic modes of enquiry relating to the field of design, visual communication and marketing. The goal of the class is to support you in the development of research skills that are commonly used during fieldwork : participant observation, interviews, qualitative and quantitative research, collaborative design techniques. More broadly, this course seeks to foster an in-depth understanding of socio-cultural contexts as a way of improving the relevance and quality of a humanistic design.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory (APHT)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:36pm 7/18/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:20pm - 3:00pm

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 502

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/3/2018

Ethnographic Methods for Des.

Fall 2018

Taught By: Giulia Mensitieri

Section: PC1

CRN: 5179

Credits: 3

Why should ethnography foster your design practices? Because design ethnography is a way of exploring the diversity of human behavior to strengthen your knowledge of society and of the users' habits, cultures and lifestyles. Ethnography is a methodology associated with anthropology that understands humans as socio-cultural beings. It is is relevant to the field of design because it helps gain insight on the user's environment, because it gives nuance – if not contradicts – the designer's worldview, and finally because it accounts for a more holistic approach of the design research process. Whether your field of design pertains to design practice, design thinking, design strategies or design history, it is thus crucial to understand the societies for which we design and to reflect on the effects of design practice onto those. How can we investigate and understand the diverse range of individuals and communities that we design for? How can this understanding shape the way we practice design? This course introduces you to the principales of anthropology and to ethnographic modes of enquiry relating to the field of design, visual communication and marketing. The goal of the class is to support you in the development of research skills that are commonly used during fieldwork : participant observation, interviews, qualitative and quantitative research, collaborative design techniques. More broadly, this course seeks to foster an in-depth understanding of socio-cultural contexts as a way of improving the relevance and quality of a humanistic design.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory (APHT)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:36pm 7/18/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 3:20pm - 6:00pm

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 502

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/3/2018