Core classes will be held during week day evenings
In a global market, competitive advantage lies not only on the mastering of existing processes and methodologies, but most of all on the ability to pursue different avenues, with an increased value. Concurrently, protecting the environment and conserving resources, while encouraging economic progress and keeping in mind the need for sustainability are major factors. Design and process engineering problems are frequently of an ill-defined nature, demanding for the analysis and evaluation of complex alternative solutions, in which environmental, economic, and functional performance criteria interact in a complex net of influences, with an emergent behavior. Cost modelling, life-cycle analysis and CAE tools will be combined in this course. The student will analyze the necessary trade-offs and be able to navigate the design space when cost, sustainability and performance become conflicting goals, as they often are.
Students will develop the fundamental understandings of innovation and entrepreneurship as both phenomena and processes, and on this basis, learn the theories, principles, methods and tools for the design and management of products, processes and organizations for innovation and entrepreneurship. Particular, the module will cover innovation and entrepreneurship in the contexts of both large established organizations and new venture startups.
This course will deal with the specific ethical issues arising from a position of leadership. “With great power comes great responsibility”, said a famous superhero. What exactly does this moral responsibility entail? Does the leader have specific obligations? Does his position confer more, or other, rights? What do we mean by a “good” leader? Is it only a matter of efficiency, or does the “good” also involve a specific ethical capability? Does good leadership mean the same thing in different contexts – war, business, politics? Is a good leader the same as a just leader? What mechanisms of accountability does or should leadership entail?
The course will envisage proceed by envisaging different types of leadership, on the basis of texts and case-studies. We will discuss general ethical theories, and dimensions of human activity more concerned with ethics of leadership: politics, war, business, science, art, family, religion, etc. We will look at connected themes, such as authority, power, governance, to delineate the concept of leadership more precisely, and look at the ethical scope of this particular dimension of human life.
The strategy of microeconomics for understanding economic behavior is to start with individual economic agents – consumers and firms – and move ‘from the bottom up’ towards understanding market demand and supply. Following this route, we will learn how to analyze the market in equilibrium, and the advantages and disadvantages of various market structures (e.g., perfect competition or monopoly). While the basic story of microeconomics is a cheerful one for the competitive market, we will also study circumstances under which the market runs into difficulties for delivering efficient outcomes.
This course is organized around three different perspectives on organizations: the strategic design perspective, the political perspective, and the cultural perspective. Each perspective offers a different approach on what an organization does, and correspondingly offers different ‘tools for action’. The course will also probe some of the psychological and social processes that inherent in organizations and examine the implications of these insights for understanding the prospects and challenges of working in organizations.
The theory and practice of management has been, and still is, susceptible to management fads. Research has shown how ‘guru theory’, management consultants, business schools and popular media have introduced buzzwords, clichés and business jargon into regular corporate life and continue to do so until more critical and reflective management theory and practice are adopted.
Students who take this course will learn to examine management bestsellers, assess popular management theory and evaluate contemporary management practices through a critical lens. The hope is that by being aware of how management is fashioned, students are more reflexive and reflective of what they encounter in the workplace and in the future, better informed and equipped managers.
The main goal of this course is to present the debates surrounding the moral (normative) evaluation of markets. We will also discuss ways in which markets shape our conception of morality. In the first segment of the course we will investigate classical perspectives on the market as either a beneficial or destructive force. Next, we will focus on the moral obligations of economic institutions towards society. Is there such a thing as a corporate social responsibility? In the third part, we will try to understand the effects of market mechanisms within specific institutions. For example, is effort in the workplace primarily motivated by financial incentives? Finally, we will analyze how the moral limits of markets are constructed. What are acceptable items for market exchange? Should a child, an organ, or the right to pollute be allowed for trade? We will also try to understand historical and geographical variation in the moral limits of markets.
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Course being developed
Why does DNA take the form of a double helix? Do flow diagrams truly capture how natural processes operate? Does a supply and demand graph really capture the functioning of a ‘free’ market? Or do the techniques of representation shape our understandings of natural and social phenomena in ways we are unaware? In this class, students will enter the world of visual culture as it relates to the representation of scientific and social scientific knowledge and explore how technology, markets, and politics shape the ways we think about the world. Students will read scholarly articles on selected themes throughout the course. These readings will be the basis of classroom activities that include discussions, presentations, and other assignments. Upon successful completion of the class students will gain a set of conceptual tools for thinking about the nature of scientific and social scientific knowledge and visual culture.
There is no denying that humans live in a material world. Whether they are naturally existing objects (such as rocks or trees) or the products of human intentional design and labor (tools, new technologies, buildings), our everyday lives are deeply and intimately entangled with material things. While we are inclined to think of these as merely the mute backdrop of human behavior, or as the products or utilitarian instruments of our purposive actions, greater reflection shows us that these material objects also act consequentially on us, and even transform us in their own image. In recent years, diverse academic disciplines across the humanities and social sciences (such as anthropology, archeology, philosophy, literary criticism, and art history and theory, among others) have begun to reverse this taken for granted view by inquiring into how, in the words of anthropologist Daniel Miller, “the things that people make, make people.” What exactly is the nature of our social relationship with the material world and our own products? How, for example, do things play active roles in the production and maintenance of human identities and relationships, from the structure and composition of families, to ideas about differences in class, race, ethnicity and gender? How do they come to stand as emblems of much broader political and economic orders such as nation-states and global economic structures? How do objects come to embody history or the passage of time? Antiquities, “heritage objects” and museum artifacts are seen as representing persisting values (and evaluation) of the past, while the constant cycle of production, circulation, consumption, and obscelescence of new technologies and consumer objects gives physical form to people’s experiences of capitalist modernity. How do wearable technologies both old (pocket and wristwatches) and new (wireless wearable technologies) structure people’s experiences of time, or ideas about healthy and unhealthy human bodies or activities? How do the technologies we design to improve the conditions of human life, take on lives of their own, from the atomic bomb to computer code?
This course begins to address these (and other) questions by exploring classic, foundational, and recent scholarly works within the field of “material culture studies.” While varied in their specific orientations, the general thrust of these approaches to material things has been to empirically demonstrate how they act in and on the worlds of which they are a part. As such, objects can be subjects endowed with a particular (and rather peculiar) form of agency. To explore how this is the case, we will examine a range of scholars and practitioners whose work troubles the boundaries between given philosophical and empirical categories such as subjects and objects, production, circulation, and consumption, gifts and commodities, creative works of art, technological artifacts, and found aesthetic objects. After close in-class engagement with these orienting works, the course will culminate with students’ production of an “object ethnography” project, which analyzes a particular material object/thing as a window into its broader social importance, context of production, circulation, and consumption, social connectivities, and agentive influence and impact on its surrounding world.
Human beings have limited cognitive abilities and limited will power. Because of this, human behavior and decision are often marked by systematic departure from logical, rational ‘norms’. This course examines how technology and design interacts with and change human behavior, and how human behavior with all its proclivities redefines the status quo of technology and design. The influence of the dynamics of human interactions in cyber social networks is an example of topics to be explored in this course. Techniques for prediction and forecasting from users’ perspectives also will be included in the course.
The course intertwines two elements. The first element is to discuss existing knowledge and concepts of entrepreneurship, including innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as network theories. The second element is to design a start-up plan through a required course project. We match the course project progresses with discussions of corresponding challenges and tactics involved in the process, including opportunity identification, policies in China, business plan, market and marketing, and so on. To facilitate hands-on learning, we discuss real successful and failed Chinese startup stories, such as Huawei, Alibaba, Didi, Geely, Xiaomi, and so on.
The exploratory achievements in modern China, especially from the reform and opening, are also a brand-new economic and social development mode for the world. From the new process of industrialization of Chinese Characteristics, this course will reveal the role of technology and design in the past, study it in nowadays and explore it in the future.
This course will introduce the relationship of society, commodity, technology and design in the process of reform and opening.
As an inter-medium for creation, technology and design is an indispensable industry resource. This course will also emphasize and introduce the current situation of China’s design industry, the role of design organizations in local economy, and the operation and management of design division.