Fall semester: 3 credits
09/09/21 – 12/21/21 *Note the last class date is a Tuesday per the academic calendar.
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Mai Kobori
Issues at the heart of Social Innovation, such as poverty, violence, civil rights, access to infrastructure and services, may not be acute or even present where we live, study and work. In this class, you will learn how to approach design for the needs, beliefs, and value systems of others, especially communities whose lives, practices, and experiences may be unfamiliar or contrary to your own. You will apply techniques to understand context, immerse yourself in communities, analyze complex relationships, reduce harm and increase equity – working together with communities for self-driven projects. Over the first semester, students will build a foundation of participatory methods and approaches which they can apply to parallel and future work.