Design for Ageing (DESI10134)
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Visiting student eligibility will be assessed (including any required Design background) on a case-by-case basis. **Please note that Design courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Design course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Design department directly to request additional spaces.
Contemporary representations of people in the later stages of life, from anti-ageing face cream advertisements to road signs depicting bent human bodies, imply that ageing is unwelcome, unpleasant, and a problem to be solved. Some suggest this constitutes a kind of double discrimination: one that acts against older members of society and also our future older selves. This course will unpick and critique the ways in which concepts of ageing shape the designed environment in the UK and in turn consider how critically informed design can re-conceptualise ageing to create more inclusive and emancipatory environments and experiences. Theories of identity and embodiment, the relationship between technology and the body, as well as the spatial dimension of being and belonging will all be explored. This course should appeal to any student interested in the relationship between design and social justice.
People in the later stages of life make up one of the most differentiated and experientially rich groups in society which should make design for an ageing population one of the most stimulating areas for design practice. Yet the World Health Organisation warn that actions to support healthy ageing will be impossible unless we change the way we all think, feel and act on age and ageing . This course will equip students with the skills to critique the normative ideas that underpin the way ageing is framed in contemporary British culture as well as the (often unintended) discriminatory effects of design practices. In doing so students will explore how the designed environment enables or disables people to fulfil their lives in a meaningful and positive way and how design can re-conceptualise ageing and create more inclusive and emancipatory environments and experiences. Theories of identity and embodiment, the relationship between technology and the body, as well as the spatial dimension of being and belonging will all be explored. The course also supports students to think about how they might develop their own ethically informed design research and engage with people and /or groups in the community. Design for Ageing is of particular relevance to design students but would also be appropriate for students interested in community arts or the sociology of health and ageing and anthropology. The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops and supports students to develop their own self-initiated design research project.
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