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Introduction to Thesis

SIG-5440 Introduction to Thesis Spring semester Monday 6:00 – 9:00 Instructors: Maggie Breslin, Alison Cornyn In this course, students investigate a variety of topics, researching each to the point of confirming their own interest and the viability of the concept. Exercises in problem definition, audience identification, research and barriers to change help students test their own hypotheses.…

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Global Guest Lecture Series II

SIG-5225 Global Guest Lecture Series II Spring semester Wednesday 6:00 – 9:00 Instructors: Cheryl Heller, Caroline McAndrews This is the second part of a two-semester course. This weekly yearlong lecture course exposes students to the lives and ideas of some of the most important people defining social innovation in the world today. Speakers are curated to inspire new thinking…

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Communication Design

SIG-5070 Communication Design Spring semester Wednesday 2:00 – 5:00 Instructor: Cheryl Heller In this course, students learn to use language and both verbal and visual communication skills to engage, persuade and shift behavior, through story writing and telling, cogent logic and public presentations. The class is based on developing personal voice as well as working with external…

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Technologies for Designing Change

SIG-5410 Technologies for Designing Change Spring semester Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00 Instructors: Lina Srivastava, Lee-Sean Huang In this making course, students will explore a range of methods and techniques for taking a concept to completion using design and physical computing. The class will focus on digital and physical prototypes as a method of testing and learning. This…

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Games for Impact

SIG-5390 Games for Impact Spring semester Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 Instructors: Asi Burak, Toni Pizza Games designed to address social and political issues are one of the fastest growing categories in the ‘serious games’ movement. This course incorporates game theory and analysis with hands-on development of social impact games: interactive experiences that integrate socio-political events, values and…

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Mapping and Visualization Design

SIG-5150 Mapping and Visualization Design Fall semester Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 Instructor: Despina Papadopoulos This course teaches mapping and visualizing systems in order to facilitate a journey from thinking to making. Readings, discussions and weekly “experiments” are employed to investigate how mapping and modeling techniques can help develop sustainable frameworks of action. The course helps students visualize and…

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Global Guest Lecture Series I

SIG-5220 Global Guest Lecture Series I Fall semester Wednesday 6:00 – 9:00 Instructors: Cheryl Heller, Caroline McAndrews This weekly yearlong lecture course exposes students to the lives and ideas of some of the most important people defining social innovation in the world today. Speakers are curated to inspire new thinking and dialogue on various opportunities for careers in social…

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Technologies for Social Design

SIG-5170 Technologies for Social Design Fall semester Monday 6:00 – 9:00 (10/23 – 12/18) Instructor: Maya Weinstein From Skynet to Hal 9000 popular culture has cast Artificial Intelligence as the catalyst of the apocalypse, but what if AI could help humanity instead of dooming it? This course explores Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how these technologies…

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Understanding Natural and Social Systems

SIG-5120 Understanding Natural and Social Systems Fall semester Wednesday 2:00 – 5:00 (6 classes: 9/6/17 – 10/11/17) Instructor: Patricia Dandonoli, Julie Kennedy This course teaches understanding of social and environmental issues in the context of the complex human communities and natural systems in which they exist, both on line and on the ground. Issues from climate change,…

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Disruptive Design: Research and Insights

SIG-5350 Disruptive Design: Research and Insights Fall semester Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00 Instructor: Siri Betts-Sonstegard An exploration of the processes, thinking and practices of primary, ethnographic based research; in this course, students explore how to collect compelling user stories as they come to understand the nuances of behavior, culture and emotion in the lives of their audiences. Students…

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