Course CIU281 is cancelled because of illness. It will be given next time in autumn 2019.
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Course Overview

This course will give an introduction to a selection of emerging trends and critical topics in the field of interaction design with a common theme the design for good life of all. It is structured along three related main critical topics which are relevant to academia as well as to industry and society:

In each of the three topics, we will discuss and explore, through hands-on design activities, different related trends and questions, and how they provide opportunities and present challenges to interaction designers, researchers, and other stakeholders.

This year, the three critical topics will deal with the role of interaction design in promoting a better society, and improving quality of life for all, from  the different levels of analysis:

Besides lectures that will introduce these topics and corresponding trends, you will engage in:

  1. An individual Literature assignment, one per critical topic, which will enable framing the topic within the state-of-the-art literature.
  2. Group Literature session, based on your literature assignments for a more in-depth reflection and discussion within your group.
  3. Creating an individual Workbook that you will keep and work in throughout the course. Following each lecture, you will get a question/task to work with in your workbook. This could for instance involve doing some research "in the wild", design sketches, etc. Some tasks will be more open, and some will be more focused, depending on the topic of the lecture. The goal is to encourage you to explore and engage with the course material in a hands-on way, and build up your personal documentation of design ideas and thoughts connecting situated problem setting with practical design thinking and theoretical reflection.
  4. Group work in Workbook consultation and crit sessions where you will meet in groups to present your latest workbook material, and get feedback from your peers and the teachers.
  5. Final Mini-conference with individual short pitches and group posters presentation for the class. Short lightning talks will be reporting individual experiences drawing mainly on what you have explored in your workbook, and common summary of group project work reflections will be searching for commonalities and differences among individual approaches contributing to common conclusions.

Course representatives

These are the student representatives that have been selected for the course: