The Design, Technology and Society (DTS) minor is a design-focused variation of Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies that emphasises critical analysis of the social dimensions of design processes and projects. Grounded in SUTD’s design curriculum, students in the DTS minor 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 objective of the DTS minor is to educate future design practitioners who can:
- Identify and respond critically, creatively, and constructively to the social, cultural, economic, political, and psychological forces that drive design practice and technology development.
- Reflect on, analyse, and anticipate the ways in which their design outcomes will benefit, displace, or otherwise impact the lives of individuals, societies, and the environment.
This minor may appeal to those who are interested in analysing the wider social impacts their design and engineering work will have.
1 Design, Technology and Society Core Subject
- Interventions in Design, Technology, and Society
This subject provides students with the theoretical tools and contextual background necessary to critically reflect on the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of technological design.
+ 4 Design, Technology and Society Electives
Three of the four DTS electives must involve an advanced component in which they complete an application paper that is connected to a design project they will work on as part of the normal SUTD curriculum.
List of Possible DTS Electives:
- Digital Sociology
- How the Things People Make, Make People: Material Things in Social Life
- Rice Cultures: Technology, Society, and Environment in Asia
- The History of International Development in Asia: The Role of Engineers and Designers
- The Visual Culture of Science and Technology
- Unnatural Disasters
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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