SD Module 4120

Module code


Module title

Perspectives and Discussions


Strategic 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. Georg Kneer

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have a wide knowledge of different design approaches and will be able to systematically reflect on and discuss them in relation to the historical, social, cultural, and technological context. You will be capable of drawing and analyzing inferences and distinctions between design, the science, the arts, and the economy. You will be familiar with the current debates on design and culture, able to discuss these critically against the background of contemporary developments, and to incorporate the experience systematically into innovative solutions.

Module content

Design philosophies from individual pieces to the 'End of Design?' Interdependence of the discussions between design and science. The 'New confusion' [neue Unübersichtlichkeit]. Research and design in mode 2 of the creation of knowledge. Elements of a socio-historically oriented history of the culture of design. Design as 'the third culture'? Complex theoretical models of man-machine interactions. From functionalism to the beautification of everyday life. Setting borders and crossing them. Design from the point of view of systems theory and actor-network theory. Design as a praxis-related reality construct.

Module teaching units

– Design Studies (2 contact hours)
– Cultural Studies (2 contact hours)

Module tutors

Anon: (Design Studies)
Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer (Cultural Studies)

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, exercises


Self-directed work, paper

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Module 4230, Theory and Research II

Recommended literature

Bromley, Roger/Udo Göttlich/Carsten winter (Ed.) (1999): Cultural Studies. Grundlagentexte zur Einführung, Lüneburg.
Marchart, Oliver (2007): Cultural Studies, Stuttgart.
Mareis, Claudia (2011): Design als Wissenskultur. Interferenzen zwischen Design und Wissensdiskursen seit 1960, Bielefeld.
Moebius, Stephan/Sophia Prinz (Ed.) (2012): Das Design der Gesellschaft. Zur Kultursoziologie des Designs, Bielefeld.
Romero-Tejedor, Felicidad/Wolfgang Jonas (Ed.) (2010): Designtheorie und Designforschung, Paderborn.
Winter, Rainer (2001): Die Kunst des Eigensinns. Cultural Studies als Kritik der Macht, Weilerswist/Velbrück.