ID 321 Design and Culture

Design and Culture is an undergraduate compulsory course for 3rd year industrial design (B.I.D.) students at METU Department of Industrial Design. The aim of the course is to help students make sense of the cultural meaning and significance of design today by providing them with an extensive understanding of its sociocultural, political and economic contexts. Course readings vary from consumer culture to cultural studies on to gender and sustainability. Material is supported by examples from product design, design art, architecture and films.

You can find the past syllabi for the undergraduate course, ID 321 Design Culture, here.

ID 707-8 Critique of Design I & II

Critique of Design I & II are two graduate elective courses offered at METU Department of Industrial Design. The aim of the courses is to provide students with an extensive vocabulary of theoretical concepts and so help them think about, talk about and write about objects in a creative and critical manner. Course work comprises classroom discussions over readings from a diversity of theoretical sources, such as cultural studies, science and technology studies and anthropology, with various writing exercises, including theoretical discussions, media analysis and observations. Readings are complemented by pieces of literature and works of art and design, on which students can hone their critical skills, and which they can use as jumping boards for future academic and/or creative work. In addition to students enrolled in MSc and PhD programs at the department, the courses welcome graduate students from all departments and faculties interested in design cultures and cultural critique.

You can find the syllabi for the graduate courses, ID 707 Critique of Design I and ID 708 Critique of Design II, here.

ID 723 Design Cultures and the Human Body

The human body has been a prominent object of practice and discourse in design cultures, as designers routinely refer in their practice to observations of and speculations about bodies, their capabilities and limitations, as well as the common postures and practices. Such references are value-laden and so politically relevant; design practice is never merely a matter of optimizing products for existing bodies, but through its products empowers or precludes, makes visible or invisible, glorifies or stigmatizes, brings forth or destroys bodies.

Design Cultures and the Human Body is a graduate elective course offered at METU Department of Industrial Design. The course introduces students to key theoretical frameworks for understanding the mutual shaping of design and the human body, i.e. biopolitics and material semiotics, and specifically focuses on medical technologies and products. Course work includes reading and discussing material on these two theories and from medical STS; film and documentary screenings and seminars by visiting scholars; andcase study exercises of design projects. Key topics include embodiment, discipline, cyborg, posthuman, normalization and quantification, and molecularization of life. Cases include synthetic biology, biohacking, mobile health; reproductive technologies such as assisted fertility and ultrasound; prosthetics such as cochlear implants; brain machine interfaces, etc.

You can find the syllabi for the graduate course, ID723 Design Cultures and the Human Body here.

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