Design and Place (SCH5451)
This module explores the principles, processes and practices of ecological design thinking in the context of a given place. Students will pursue group investigations that include the study of precedents and the identification of issues to develop project briefs and designs in response to particular contexts that increase the resilience of social and ecological systems.
Design and Ecology (SCH5529)
This module will explore the behaviour of ecosystems, critical ecological thresholds and resilience. Students will critique, explore and begin to propose solutions from ecology, nature, human behaviours and systems. They will develop personal and group enquiry practices drawing on observation and phenomenology and reflective enquiry, learning journals and other research methods to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature.
Design and Society (SCH5530)
This module examines Design as an approach that works with ecological and human systems, exploring the evolution of dominant socio-cultural systems and emerging alternatives from around the world. Participants will develop and enhance communication and facilitation skills and explore collaboration as a method of inquiry. Students will begin to develop their own theories, methodologies and ecological ways of practice.
Design in Practice (SCH5452)
This module further explores and develops the principles, processes and practices of ecological design thinking with either in the context of a placements or research project. Students will explore the challenges, dynamics and response of working on live projects from theoretical, ethical and professional contexts.
Major Project - Dissertation (SCH5453)
The Major Project - Dissertation enables students to pursue an Ecological Design Thinking project of their own interest, or an academic essay interrogating the further evolution of Ecological Design Thinking and practice.
A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent, see our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
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