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Module Code: IND305
Module Title: Culture and Theory
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to provide students with a theoretical background on various aspects of design theory and culture, in the viewpoint of enabling students to design, and to appreciate design in the wider context of its theoretical discourse and cultural contexts.
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate understanding of how theoretical notions about culture relate to design practice and profession

B. Identify and take into account cultural factors that influence the design and use of products, systems and processes.

C. Design and implement ethnographic research as related to design practice

D. Distinguish key cultural practices and point out cross-cultural differences and similarities

Method of teaching and learning 
This module is delivered in a seminar style with lectures and field research. Seminars are used to introduce students to selected theories and basic concepts of human cultures. Students (in teams or individually) will be assigned readings in culture and theory, present in class an individual field study for discussion and to write an essay with visual documentation.
Throughout this module, students will define, structure, and conduct in-person ethnographic research, in individual and/or team-sessions, in order to enable them to make connections between real-life situations and design. Understanding culture on a deep level will enable students to be able to gain a greater knowledge of the people for whom they design.

In addition, students conduct research to explore and evaluate potential design experiences, analyse content research data, present findings, and make prioritized design thinking recommendations.

They will then be able to clearly communicate research findings with a strategic voice, with prioritized recommendations through visually compelling presentations and documentations.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    26      98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Exercise 20.00
2 Seminar Presentation 50.00
3 Essay 30.00

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