University of Technology Sydney

52716 Design Thinking for Social Innovation

Anti-requisite(s): 54096 Design Thinking for Social Innovation


This subject uses design-thinking methodologies to empower students to lead social entrepreneurship and innovation movements using interdisciplinary perspectives. It introduces students to the process of design thinking (defining the problem, empathising, ideating and innovating) using experimentation, and facilitates solutions through radical cross-boundary thinking in order to effect social change using a human-centred approach. This subject helps students develop the essential design-thinking skills of observing, interviewing, listening, empathising, team building, communicating, and analysing in order to imagine and create innovative solutions to common social issues by approaching them at a community level. Students, in teams that mimic professional roles, collaboratively develop a design solution for a real-world scenario through the process of generating, iterating, and evolving an innovative project plan that they can add to their portfolios.

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Autumn session, City campus

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