Design, Technology and Society Minor

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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.

Course Requirements

To graduate with the DTS minor, students must successfully complete the following courses:

  1. “Theorizing Society, the Self, and Culture” (HASS 02.003)
  2. The DTS core course, “Interventions in Design, Technology, and Society” (Course Number TBA)
  3. 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. For example, 02.101TS.

Step-by-Step Guidelines (for students matriculated in AY2018)

  1. Declare DTS Minor before the beginning of Term 4. This can be done in the student portal.
  2. Term 4 – Enroll in one of the approved DTS electives from the table below.
  3. Term 5 – Enroll in the DTS core course.
  4. Terms 6 through 8 – Enroll in one of the approved DTS electives from the table below.

DTS Electives

Course Number Course Title
Interventions in Design, Technology, and Society
02.104 The History of International Development in Asia: The Role of Engineers and Designers
02.130 Slums, Squatters, and Smart Cities: History and Theory of Urban Planning
02.201 Digital Sociology
02.204 Technology and the Self
02.212 The Visual Culture of Science and Technology
02.219 Rice Cultures: Technology, Society, and Environment in Asia
02.220 How the Things People Make, Make People: Material Things in Social Life
02.222 Unnatural Disasters
02.225 Building, Dwelling, Belonging: An Anthropology of Domestic and Vernacular Architecture
02.228 Design in the Anthropocene
02.303 The Role of Technology and Design on Growth in China (ZJU)
02.231 Transportation Policy and Technology in Urban Progress

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.

Feedback from industry partners:

“Technology has become a critical enabler for economic and social transformation. Hence, it is important for technologists to be keenly aware of the wider sociocultural, political and economic context, and be able to incorporate these dimensions into their design decisions and technological solutions. The introduction of this proposed minor is timely as it will prepare and train SUTD’s engineering and architecture students to develop a much needed well-rounded understanding of the role of technology and design in today’s world.”

“What differentiates this Design, Technology and Society minor is its excellent slate of electives that exposes budding practitioners to broader, more macro and often critical aspects of society that new practitioners often lack exposure in. I believe this set of multi-disciplinary electives is a step in the right direction to groom the next generation of more mindful and socially aware design thinkers and technology tinkerers”