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Social Innovation Micro Degree (MD)
This course fosters the development of impact designers who can positively effect society through the application of human-centered design based on an understanding of both the issues facing our society and its inhabitants.
The goal is to develop socially innovative designers who, through project-based learning based on human-centered design (design thinking and service design), can pinpoint the fundamental causes of complex social problems and produce the best possible solutions through collaboration and adaptable problem-solving techniques. With the help of this course, students will be able to: (1) identify and define design challenges using empathy and teamwork; (2) create novel usability and user experiences using integrated thinking; and (3) employ integrated problem-solving techniques based on diverse design methodologies.
By advancing step-by-step through the study of basic, intermediate and advanced service design, students will discover numerous techniques for understanding design thinking and the service design process, user and community concerns, and applying them to real scenarios. By doing so, students can develop collaborative empathy, creative thinking, contextual understanding, and problem-solving abilities. The Social Innovation MD requires students to pass 3 required courses and at least 1 elective course. Students simply need to finish one of the following courses from the design college's comparative offerings, such as the GDS workshops, regional collaboration projects, and special lectures for design engineers with service experience.