Course Description

In this course, students explore how design industries encounter and address enduring challenges of inequality and other forms of oppression in the United States and throughout the world. The course considers the role of equity and social justice broadly in relation to the field of design, beginning with two premises: 1) design plays a vital role in shaping both equitable and unequal outcomes in society, and 2) there are multiple causes that shape the impact of design strategies, including systems, cultures, and processes, all of which can be actively or passively implicated in the advancement or restriction of equity and justice. Drawing on ideas of social justice and human rights, the course invites students to explore how design can contribute to building a more just world.

Learner Outcomes

  • How political, economic and social processes are shaped by questions around human rights and ethical responsibilities
  • An in-depth overview of theories of justice that explain how design can both perpetuate and combat oppressive systems, practices and cultures
  • Knowledge about the relationship between learning, critical consciousness, and community engagement, and its role in promoting and sustaining equity
  • How to critically analyze contemporary art and design projects and initiatives with stated commitments to social justice, inclusion, and equity
  • Skills to identify and ethically respond to oppressive and anti-equitable practices in the workplace

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Equity in Design Process and Systems
Jan 24, 2022 to Feb 27, 2022
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
CE Tuition non-credit $600.00
Faculty/Staff Waiver non-credit $600.00
Drop Request Deadline
Feb 27, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 24, 2022
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