Design in Society


Today's society surrounds us with examples of design. This course examines the effects design has on everyday life. Students are introduced to evaluation of design and design processes through projects and written research-based tasks. Awareness and knowledge of contemporary design and its pivotal role in today's society is developed through the lecture program and tutorial discussions. In this course the topics covered, along with the associated assessment tasks, contribute to the development of the value of social, cultural, physical and intellectual diversity.



  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine the role of the designer in society in facilitating and enriching the physical environment.

2. Research the interdependent relationship between design and culture.

3. Develop academic rigour, critical thinking and a range of literacy skills basic to design professions.

4. Gain knowledge of writing and research methods including the World Wide Web as a research tool.

5. Strengthen oral presentation techniques.


Topics may include:

  1. mass marketing
  2. corporate identity
  3. symbolism
  4. design responsibilities
  5. critical analysis, What is 'good design?'
  6. aesthetics
  7. fashion
  8. technology
  9. research methodologies

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Excursion Questionnaire

Report: Excursion Report

Journal: Visual Diary

Portfolio: Final Portfolio

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks