Cross- Cultural Social Design Strategy

DDD70002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours per semester

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.


DDD60001 Inclusive and Participatory Design OR
DDD40001 Methods for Design Research

Aims and objectives

This unit explores the importance of designing with and for different cultures, groups and communities. It addresses approaches to business planning and design strategy for social enterprise through case studies and briefs. This unit also examines Indigenous methodologies, knowledges and perspectives, which can be incorporated as part of culturally sensitive design solutions.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Articulate current global issues affecting people’s everyday lives.
2. Develop sensitivity to cultural contexts, including Indigenous perspectives.
3. Explain how knowledge may be constructed differently from culture to culture through design.
4. Construct frameworks and approaches for how design, strategy and social enterprise can address challenges for organisations and communities.
5. Identify complex design challenges that provide design investigation opportunities in an organisation or community in a country or culture other than your own.
6. Produce a persuasive research driven design strategy that seeks to add value to the target community, group or organisation.

Courses with unit

This unit will be offered for the final time Semester 2 2020