Course: Design-in-Difference NC State College of Design
Picture: Sid Ahmed being interviewed in Mauritania [CM].
Due to the increasing demand of students interested in working with communities and learning new methods, we have designed the course: Design-in-Difference LAR582.009. The 3 credit lecture will be given by Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Kofi Boone [Ghana Study Abroad Program] and PhD Design-Anthropology Student Constanza Miranda [Design for Social Innovation Studios in Chile and the States]. The course will work with a partnership with the OIS to develop a 1 minute documentary piece that will summarize the engagement process with an international student throughout the semester. It is open to all disciplines [esp. design, social sciences and engineering] that will to engage in the challenge of exploring design solutions in communities that are not their own. The course seeks to enhance the personal abilities and research toolkit to explore cross-cultural work. The course will not focus on particular design solutions, yet it will prepare the students for applying methods that will be useful for the process of understanding needs and implications of real life people in real life settings. In addition, the students will be exposed to cases engaged by different professionals who have been doing community-oriented work. During the course, students will work extensively in class to apply and reflect on the knowledge exposed. This course is ideal for students engaging in Study Abroad programs or returning from them.
The course will teach Applied Field Research Methods, bring in the experience of guest lecturers that have done community work and encourage hands-on application of methods in class.