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Special Topics: Justice Through Design

Course Information

Course Number

HCI Undergraduate: 05-499E
HCI Graduate: 05-899E

Course Description

This course examines histories of professional ethics and activism to offer a set of techniques and orientations for design practice focused on dismantling structural inequality and advancing justice. We will explore how communities have sought to counter harmful designs by creating alternative objects, systems, and organizations. This is a hands-on, project based studio course in which students will analyze existing systems, engage ambiguous problems, imagine and propose alternative designs (e.g., artifacts, environments), and stage prototypes of possible futures.

Semester Offered and Units

Semester: Fall 2023
Undergraduate: 12 units
Graduate: 12 units


Sarah Fox