PSDS

2532

Collab:

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Collab: Design+Sci on Clim Chg

Spring 2018

Taught By: Jess Irish

Section: A

CRN: 7061

Credits: 3

Collab: Design + Science on Climate Change: How can we use methods from design & science to visually communicate issues around climate science and energy sources? How can New York State meet its pledged leadership on climate action to meet the standards of the Paris Climate Accord? What are the processes by which these choices are determined? This course will integrate scientific methods required to capture measurable information with the design process investigating how best to utilize and effectively communicate this information. Students will work in small teams to compare the benefits and challenges around large-scale investments in energy sources such as natural gas and wind in New York State, as well as understand the systems that permit and oversee energy infrastructure. Students will utilize both empirical (data gathering, theorizing and testing) and human-centered design approaches to discovery and learning. By the end of the course, students will share their research and communication projects on energy choices to The New School community, as well as local environmental and state agencies.

Open to: All Parsons, Lang and SPE undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

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: 10:31am 5/23/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 113 University Place

Room: 1102

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/8/2018

Collab: Designing US Dream

Spring 2018

Taught By: Robert McKinnon

Section: B

CRN: 7829

Credits: 3

COLLAB: REDESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM: The Brookings Institution’s Isabel Sawhil one of the world’s leading experts on social mobility, once said, “On one hand, people need the American Dream because it offers people hope. On the other hand, we’re really telling a very limited story about what it takes to get ahead.” The repercussions of this dichotomy can be felt throughout society. While hard work certainly makes success possible, it doesn’t make it probable. Yet the prevailing narrative and beliefs suggest that anyone who works hard can “make it”, regardless of background or life experience. As a result, we don’t fix the failing schools because someone can point to a few kids who made it out. We don’t support policies and programs that have proven to provide opportunities for a better life. We don’t address the underlying issues of inequality because too many believe this is fundamentally a meritocracy. If we want to engage people on issues like poverty, inequality and opportunity, then we must design new ways to bring them into the conversation and tell a different story about the American Dream. In this co-lab, we will start by examining the sociological and psychological underpinnings of the American Dream. This will involve reviewing both large scale studies on economic mobility and smaller projects exploring sociological concepts such as fundamental attribution bias. We will also discuss predominate American Dream narratives in culture ranging from literary works such as Horatio Alger to Emerson’s Self-Reliance, to films like as Rocky and Steve Jobs and music from Dr. Dre and the musical Hamilton. Leveraging learning and building off the success of Your American Dream Score, a joint initiative of the Ford Foundation and PBS’s flagship station, WNET, students will then design tools, products and media that can challenge and reshape the limiting narrative of the American Dream. Specifically students will be asked to either work independently or in groups to produce a media project – in the form of writing, creating audio/video assets, crafting a social media campaign, or developing an app, work of art or live event. The media is secondary to the application of key tenets proven to be able to reshape this critical narrative.

Open to: All university undergraduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

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: 10:31am 5/23/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Parsons East 25 E13th

Room: 205

Date Range: 1/25/2018 - 5/10/2018