Contemporary Design Issues

DDD20004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

5 Jul 21 - 3 Oct 21

26 Oct 21

Last self enrolment:
18 Jul 21

30 Jul 21

Last withdraw without fail:
20 Aug 21


DDD10001 - 20th Century Design

Aims and objectives

This unit explores key issues in contemporary design and media practice and their relation to social, economic and political contexts. Students will be introduced to appropriate research and writing methodologies and apply these skills to design practice and projects.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Investigate and analyse design and media issues in relation to social, economic and political contexts using primary sources
2. Articulate a range of contemporary issues related to design and media practice;
3. Use a body of relevant critical theory in the form of an argument and apply it to design and/or media practice;
4. Develop a cohesive argument about a design issue that articulates a point of view, suitable for a published (professional) journal;