Welcome to the Design, Technology, and Society (DTS) Minor!
This ‘road map’ will guide you to successfully completing the minor.
What is DTS?
The DTS minor is a design-focused variation of Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies that emphasizes critical analysis of the social dimensions of design processes and projects. Grounded in SUTD’s design curriculum, students in the DTS concentration will be able to cast the critical eye of the social scientist and the reflective sensitivity of the humanist to inform and augment the generation of creative design outcomes that address pressing contemporary issues in a positive, productive way.
The DTS Mission
To educate future design practitioners who can:
- Identify and respond critically, creatively, and constructively to the social, economic, and political forces that drive design trends and social phenomena.
- Reflect on, analyze, and foresee the ways in which their design outcomes will benefit, disrupt, or otherwise affect the lives of individuals, societies, and the natural and built environment.
To graduate with the DTS minor, students must successfully complete the following courses:
- “Social Science: Understanding Behaviour, Culture & Society” (HASS 02.003, formally “Theorizing Society, the Self, and Culture”)
- The DTS core course, “Interventions in Design, Technology, and Society” (HASS 02.147TS)
- Any combination of four courses from the list below. This list will continue to grow as new courses are added.
Students will know which HASS electives count towards the DTS minor by the ‘TS’ at the end of the course code. HASS electives with ‘HT’ at the end of the course code can also be counted. For example, 02.104TS, 02.135HT.
- Declare DTS Minor before the beginning of Term 4. This can be done in the student portal.
- Term 4 – Enroll in the DTS core course.
- Term 5 through 8 – Enroll in one of the approved DTS electives from the table below.
For students who intend to participate in Global Exchange Programme (GEXP), the overseas HASS courses must be approved for DTS mapping. All student’s requests for new course mapping must be submitted with a brief justification on why the class meets the criteria for the minor.
Employment Prospects and Industry Support
The DTS minor complements and supplements the students’ technical skills with theoretical, conceptual, and critical frameworks for gauging the impact of their work on wider social, cultural, political, and economic systems.
SUTD students gain practical design skills from their major in either Engineering Product Development, Engineering Systems and Design, Architecture and Sustainable Design, or Information Systems Technology and Design and the DTS minor will round out their mindsets and technical competencies.
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