ID Module 1340

Module code


Module title

Design Theory II


Interaction Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

90 hours

Self-directed workload

150 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will know the fundamental terms and definitions of the theory and history of design and can discuss them freely. You will be able to read texts on design theory and to distil and present the content clearly. You will be able to reflect upon current discussions and developments in design theory and to analyze current developments in design. You will be able to discuss central questions of concepts in communication and the media sciences professionally, and will be capable of incorporating major findings in the communication and media sciences into your design work.

Module content

Historical, economic, and social aspects of design. Generating knowledge in design. The historical development of the definition of design and basic approaches in design. Development and tendencies in the future theoretical debate about design as a science. Current developments in design related to research on artificial intelligence and artificial life. Fundamental approaches and theories of communication and media sciences. Components, factors, processes, and contexts of communication. Differentiation of individual and mass media and of communication, propagation, and success media.

Teaching units in this module

Theory of Design 1 (2 contact hours)
History of Design and Media 2 (2 contact hours)
Theory of Communication (2 contact hours)
Seminar/workshop week (0 contact hours)

Module tutors

Carmen Hartmann-Menzel, Prof. Jörg Beck, Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer, anon.


Module 1150, Theory of Design I

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminar, workshop


Homework, seminar paper, journal

Teaching language

German, English

Prerequisite for

Module 1440, Theory of Design III

Recommended literature

Romero-Tejedor, Felicidad/Jonas, Wolfgang (Hg.): Positionen der Designwissenschaft. Kassel: Kassel University Press, 2010.
Eisele, Petra/Bürdek, Bernhard E. (Hg.): Design Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts. Diskurse und Perspektiven. Ludwigsburg: avedition, 2011.
Scheiffele, Walter: bauhaus / junkers / sozialdemokratie – ein Kraftfeld der Moderne. Berlin: form+zweck, 2003.
Spitz, René: hfg-ulm – der Blick hinter den Vordergrund. Stuttgart, London: Edition Axel Mengers, 2002.
Selle, Gert: Geschichte des Designs in Deutschland. Frankfurt/M., New York: Campus, 2007.
Beck, Klaus: Kommunikationswissenschaft. Stuttgart: UTB, 2007.
Kloock, Daniela/Spahr, Angela: Medientheorien. Eine Einführung. München: Fink, 2000.

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