PD Module 3340

Module code


Module title

Theory of Design IV


Product Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

60 hours

Self-directed workload

120 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Dr. habil. Angelika Karger

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will gave developed a deeper consciousness of the current issues that must be considered by designers in the light of ne social challenges: globalisation and Brazilianization, demographic change, challenges of key technologies, etc. You will be able to use self-motivation methods to secure your own interests and to employ your intercultural skills to communicate successfully.

Module content

Major topics and areas influencing the questions of design: exponential growth of the World's population, globalisation and Brazilianization (U. Beck) in the context of the opportunities and limits of participatory design; design and the sustainability debate, demographic change in Germany and Europe, the influence and application of key technologies of the 3rd millennium on design; informatics and interactive information technologies, genetics, nanotechnology, bionics (Rechenberg, Nachtigall), artificial life; neurology and neuro-marketing; behavioural research in the context of evolutionary theory.
The module will reflect on who designs what? How? Using which methods? In which contexts? In what time? With which skills? With whom? For whom: primarily and secondarily? With which primary and secondary goals?
The module will study the applicability of scientific models: system theory, games and decision theory, theory of evolutionary, fundamentals of the deterministic chaos theory, fundamentals of universal inborn trigger mechanisms according to behavioural theory; the human conflict of biological and cultural civilizations; models in psychology: Freud, C.G. Jung, Harris,; ideologies and manifestos of design; manipulation techniques, creativity research, and methods of innovation.

Module teaching units

Languages, conversation (2 contact hours)
Theory of Design (2 contact hours)
Seminar/workshop week


Knowledge of German, Module 3240, Theory of Design I

Module tutors

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, exercises, papers; self-directed work (between learning studios) , journals, analyses and discussion


Short self-directed tasks, journals, participation and exercises; short papers, journals, participation

Teaching language

German and/or English

Prerequisite for

Module 3430, Theory of Design III, Module 3630, Theory of Design IV
This module can be recognized for the KG and IG courses by agreement if you change your major.

Recommended literature

Claudia Mareis/Gesche Joost/ Kora Kimpel, Ed; Entwerfen – Wisssen – Produzieren: Designforschung im Anwendungskontext, Bielefeld 2010;
Siegfried Maser, Band 2 Zur Planung gestalterischer Projekte, Essen 1993 u.a. und Skripte; Wolfgang Jonas, Design – System – Theorie, Essen 1994;
Gerd Binnig, Aus dem Nichts, Über die Kreativität von Mensch und Natur, Zürich, München 1989;
Franz Josef Radermacher, Welt mit Zukunft, Überleben im 21. Jahrhundert, Hamburg 2007;
Angelika Karger, Wissenschaftstheoretische Fragen und Aufgaben zur Nanotechnologie, Forum TTN, München 2006
Iräneus Eibl-Eibesfeldt, Der vorprogrammierte Mensch, München 1985
D‘Arcy Wentworth Thompson, On Growth and Form, Vol1/Vol 2. 1959
Cordula Meier, Designtheorie, Beiträge zu einer Disziplin u.a.