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Course Description

Using the umbrella concept of ‘social justice,’ this course focuses on the many dimensions of justice that surface in the design industries and in other professional contexts. These include racial, gender, economic, environmental justice, to name a few, and highlight the intersecting layers of both power and oppression that different members of professional design communities experience, often based on either privileged or minoritized characteristics. In the course, students will explore questions such as, “who is doing the design and where is privilege operating?” Students will learn about the growing fields of ‘design for social impact’ and ‘design justice,’ which offer tools and critical frameworks for assessing how power privileges some and disenfranchises others, and show how design strategies can be improved to give voice to the most marginalized.

Course Length - Online 5 weeks

Learner Outcomes

  • How to identify different dimensions of social justice within professional design environments
  • Knowledge about the intersectional quality of oppression and of the wide range of justice struggles within the design world that exist for different groups who have been historically oppressed
  • Skills on how to engage in design work that is specifically aimed at promoting justice
  • Management and leadership strategies for identifying and combating unjust practices in the workplace
  • An understanding of opportunities and challenges for aligning strategic and organizational design vision to a social justice agenda

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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