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ARTD6071 Responsible Design 4

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Provide understanding of value stream mapping and the elimination of waste in all areas of a company’s activities, and in the extended enterprise.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A selected range of social, environmental and economic concepts with critical applications to responsible design and creative practices
  • Competing contexts, issues and debates relating to provenance, social enterprise and sustainability.
  • Varied practices, materials and technologies for idea generation and concept development applicable to responsible design and creative practice.
  • Understand the critical applications of design concept development and different design methods and approaches, relevant to materials and technology, promotional cultures, identity, and consumption, in different areas of design and the creative industries.
  • Consider the applicability of theories and practices relevant to ethical design, as they can be applied on their own creative practice, or area of study, which relates to design.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a depth of critical and analytical thinking in relation to ethical and sustainable theories and philosophies
  • Analyse and evaluate and make informed judgements regarding theoretical perspectives on topics such as identity, consumption, sustainable practices and globalisation, and consider strategies that attempt to address their impact and influence. Students will be able to contextualise a wide range of case studies in different critical and cultural contexts.
  • Critically evaluate to an advanced level complex problems and apply reasoned thinking and ideas to proposed outcomes or design solutions
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Articulate complex ideas at an advanced level in a variety of oral, written and presentation formats
  • Effectively manage your own workload, meet deadlines and work independently
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills and interact effectively with peers and tutors through discussion and negotiation
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical skills and propositional ability


This module offers students the opportunities to critically analyse at an advanced level, debate and address key issues and principles associated with design ethics and responsible design as they relate to your discipline- specific practice. The module is designed to challenge and develop the students’ ability to critically reflect upon competing concepts and contemporary debates associated with responsible design and creative practice, including: environmental, social and economic imperatives, as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR), eco-design and innovation in materials, processes and technologies. A consideration of the ethical implications of research and its application in the above contexts is encouraged. The critical perspectives addressed in this module are viewed from the point of view of the practitioner, as well as from a theoretical standpoint. The skills offered by this module are industry aware and ethically focused. Students will be encouraged to independently access and select material from different research sources to assist them in determining appropriate perspectives within creative arts and design contexts.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn through a range of learning activities such as: Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Seminars • Tutorials Learning activities include: • Lectures • Tutorials • Contributions to group discussions • Online research and reading • Peer group learning Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes This module’s learning and teaching methods are designed to extend the students’ critical understanding of a range of key issues associated with responsible design. The module will encourage students to explore them further as part of their subject-specific practice. In this module learning and teaching activities focus on helping students to investigate, question and analyse responsible design and associated creative practices, in order to be able to consider how varied responsible approaches influence their own work and the study or professional discipline in which they operate. Feedback on their progress and development will be delivered in group discussions in seminars, as well as during tutorials. Informal feedback by fellow students delivered in seminar will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation. The formal assessment will be conducted by a written essay that locates the students own ideas in the varied theoretical, research-led and practice-led contexts associated with responsible design. Student-led sessions are intended to extend debates around material examined in lectures and seminars. These sessions, in combination with tutorials, allow students to develop their understanding of the knowledge and methods they have explored in this module. They also help them to evaluate their critical thinking, as well as other transferable skills.

Independent Study176
Total study time200





MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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