Capstone Preparation: 1

Parsons School of Design: Design Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Research & Methods

Spring 2019

Taught By: Caroline Dionne

Section: A

CRN: 2755

Credits: 3

The aim of this seminar is to equip students with specific research methods toward the production of Design Studies research. In this course, we will become familiar with the various theoretical, historical, and cultural frameworks of Design Studies and in the process, consider various interpretive models that have been developed, contested, and in some cases overturned, throughout the history of thinking about design. Pedagogically, the aim of the course is to explore questions of how arguments are made both in theory and practice-based research. Readings will include the work of seminal Design Studies thinkers, such as Victor Margolin, Richard Buchanan, Clive Dilnot and Ezio Manzini, as well as thinkers of Cultural Studies (Stuart Hall), Actor Network Theory (Bruno Latur, Michel Callon) and New Materialism (Jane Bennett). In the class we will also study arguments made through socially engaged design propositions or design research looking at the work of Teddy Cruz and Eyal Weizman. Students will work on individual design research projects. These will culminate with the making of a podcast which will synthesize students’ research into an audio narrative.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Studies (PGDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 12:32pm 7/18/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1100

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019