Course Description

This course surveys the broader economic and social context in which design leaders work. We examine salient phenomena and concepts such as automation, agility, and resilience and discuss how they affect business and design practices. Students develop thought leadership around select topics to influence strategic conversations within their organizations and in their industries.nnThis is one of the five courses that are part of the Design Leadership for Business Certificate, but is open to all students wishing to learn about design thinking. Students pursuing the certificate should take Design Thinking Fundamentals first and Futures and Foresight as the conclusion.

Learner Outcomes

  • Gain a broad understanding of key trends and forces shaping the economic and social context in the 21st century
  • Insight into how decisions are made that incorporate trends, forces, and broader contexts into business practice
  • Think critically about problem-framing and the types of remedies that different frames afford on a project of personal interest

Additional Information


  • Ability to discuss salient trends and topics shaping business practices
  • Foundation of key readings and discussions to build your own point of view and direct future study
  • Stimulate discussion at your workplace around key business trends and strategize direction

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Economic and Cultural Context of Design
Jul 06, 2021 to Aug 14, 2021
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
CE Tuition non-credit $577.00
Faculty/Staff Waiver non-credit $577.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 09, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 06, 2021
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