ADD303 - Design for Change

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Online

From 2024
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Maria Bates
Cohort rule:Nil

Must have passed 1 unit: ADD204 or ADD209

Incompatible with: ACG307
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 2-hour online seminar per week (recordings provided)


This unit will focus on the requirement of design to act as an agent of change. Design has matured as an industry and designers are required to do more than develop and materialise ideas using contemporary technologies. Design practitioners are now call on to conceptualise experiences and facilitate social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes that can improve the human condition.

This unit will unpack and expand on the World Economic Forum statement that, “Design is an agent of change that enables us to understand complex changes and problems, and to turn them into something useful. Tackling today’s global challenges will require radical thinking, creative solutions, and collaborative action (World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Design, 2009).

Students will explore design as an agent of change by researching design activism and design thinking to analyse systemic problems that empower and deliver creative outcomes to complex challenges. Students will be presented with a selection of wicked, social problems and will be required to consider ways of combining different design disciplines to address these issues using design as an agent for change; addressing big picture problems in the world and taking a step towards change.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply design practices to address challenging and complex world problems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Consider solutions by evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking

GLO4: Critical thinking


Combine design practices and problem solving skills to devise a solution to an identified problem

GLO5: Problem solving


Position your work in a global context recognizing the diversity of communities and cultures

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Investigative research   40% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Presentation   20% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Final Document   40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

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