Course Web Site: www.Design4Dev.com
News Coverage from: The Economic Times of India
Design for Development: Developing Technologies for Developing Economie
Design for Development: Developing Technologies for Developing Economies was an experimental UCSD course taught remotely from India, via Skype. 20 students from multiple disciplines explored the effects of technology on social change by generating numerous case studies and several prototypes. Guest Lecturers from India were organized to speak to the students; these included individuals from various organizations, from the World Bank to Microsoft Research.
This class sought to connect UCSD students to the problems and the potential found within the developing economies of the world. Through an innovative syllabus and class structure, “Design for Development” provided students the opportunity to prototype sophisticated technologies for social change. This class extended the interventionist design discourse of Social Architectures (Spring 2007) to the perceived needs of the developing world.
This class sought to:
…to generate design methodologies for successfully introducing beneficial new technologies within developing countries
…to cultivate an understanding of economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability
…to ensure that student assignments act as public resources through our class wiki
…to develop new strategies for remote teaching
…to promote peer learning and interdisciplinary collaboration
…to provide first-hand documentation of conditions within developing countries, in order to enhance the empathy and understanding held by students, during our remote design process