PD Module 3630

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

120 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 have developed your understanding of the fundamentals of the theories of perception and the generation of meaning in product design and have related the various levels to relevant social and legal questions. You will have increased knowledge about empirical, and information theory methods of aesthetics.

Module content

Information about which legal questions and regulations product design is based upon, what legal assistance can be called upon, and what must be strictly complied with will be provided. Legal aspects can be seen as a significant factor in society and will be studied and analyzed in this module.
The neurological findings of the theory of perception will be broadened by including aesthetics not only as the science of perception but from the standpoint of perceptual judgement formed under the influence of certain social parameters, but also under the influence of the methods studied by aesthetic entities (e.g. the influence of information theory methods on aesthetics themselves), or under the influence of bio-social convictions from the standpoint of evolutionary aesthetics on the judgement of the objects subject to aesthetic judgement themselves.
Product Planning 2 will, in conjunction with the units Aesthetics, Social Analysis, and Law, show that even heterogeneous influences affect product design and cannot be ignored lightly.

Module teaching units

Social Analysis (2 credit hours)
Law 1 (2 credit hours)
Product planning 2 (2 credit hours)

Module tutors


Knowledge of German

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, exercises, seminar papers, journals, Design work


Journals/presentation, seminar paper/design, documentation and presentation/ participation

Teaching language

German and/or English

Prerequisite for

This module can be recognized for the KG and IG courses by agreement if you change your major.

Recommended literature

G. Kneer/Armin Nassehi/Markus Schroer (Hg.): Klassische Gesellschaftsbegriffe der Soziologie, München 2001 und Soziologische Gesellschaftsbegriffe, Konzepte moderner Zeitdiagnosen, München 1997
Nina Degele/ Christian Dries, Modernisierungstheorie, München 2005
Metzler Lexikon Ästhetik. Kunst, Medien, Design und Alltag, Hg. von Achim Trebeß, Stuttgart; Christiaan L. Hart Nibbrig, Ästhetik. Materiaien zu ihrer Geschichte, Ein Lesebuch, Frankfurt 1978
Max Bense, Aesthetica II. Aesthetische Information, Baden-Baden 1956; Aesthetica III, Ästhetik und Zivilisation. Theorie der ästhtischen Zivilisation, Krefeld/Baden-Baden 1958;
Frieder Nake, Die erträgliche Leichtigkeit der Zeichen. Ästhetik, Semiotik, Informatik, Baden-Baden 1994;
Angelika Karger, in Hg. Michael Eckahardt und Lorenz Engell, das Programm des Schönen, Weimar 2002
Stefan Rieger, Die Ästhetik des Menschen, Über das Technische in Leben und Kunst, Frankfurt 2002
Wolfgang Welsch, Grenzgänge des Ästhetischen, Stuttgart 1996
Otto König, Urmotiv Auge, München 1997