Courses & Units

Design Ethics ZAD225

Hobart, Launceston

Introduction

In this unit, you will consider a range of ethical problems that are commonly encountered by design practitioners. This can include questions relating to borrowing and acknowledging the ideas and intellectual property of other designers, the impact of design activities on resources and the environment, and the possible influences and effects of design-led change on people and society in general.

You will develop an awareness of ethical design practice, and learn to consider your own design practice and decision-making in the context of broad ethical considerations, such as gender equality, human rights and the ‘social contract,’ environmental responsibility, and fairness, honesty and transparency in commercial and client interactions.

Practical Approaches to Learning at University College
The University College is committed to providing students with opportunities to engage in practical learning experiences. Every unit is therefore driven by at least one approach that is problem or project-based, or that involves work-integrated learning.

In this unit, you will participate in a range of learning activities that focus on design thinking processes and principles, and then be provided opportunities to apply these in practice. You will therefore empathise with the customer/user, identify and define the problem, prototype, test and propose solutions.

These activities allow you to develop discipline-specific skills, knowledge and behaviours, alongside a range of employability skills and professional attributes. Some of these include, for example, empathy, active inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation, and communication.

To find more information on the University College’s approach to teaching and learning, click here to view in the Unit Outline Essential Information resource.

Summary

Unit name Design Ethics
Unit code ZAD225
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Design
Coordinator

Sophia Holmes

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 31/5/2020 9/4/2020
Term 3 20/7/2020 10/8/2020 25/8/2020 25/9/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify key ethical challenges for designers and design industries
2. Differentiate between ethical and unethical design practice
3. Apply ethical practice in dynamic practice situations
4. Reflect on how ethical awareness influences personal design practice

Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 100599

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Two hour tutorial and three hours of collaborative workshops per week.

Launceston and Hobart students will study at Foundry campuses.

Assessment

AT1: Ethical design manifestos (30%)

AT2: Making ethical decisions (30%)

AT3: Code of ethics (40%)

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Textbooks

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