Introduction to Design Anthropology

HDA70001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • One semester

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.

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide students the basic understanding of the key concepts within the field of design anthropology: the question of what role does design, as both a process and a set of artefacts, play in defining humanness. Students will evaluate the paradigms related to questions of nature/nurture, evolution, internal-external, social facts or emergent properties in design and anthropology.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
· Distinguish among the concepts of humaness as biological, material (object and environmental), symbolic, and cultural constructs in relationship to design
· Examine the processes of design as a general human activity and a specialized practice
· Construct holistic frameworks to inform the design process
· Assess the ethical responsibilities of designing for and with people and the environment
· Analyse the concepts of evolution and creativity, material culture, structuralism, post-structuralism and semiotics, and cultural interpretation.

Courses with unit

This unit is no longer being offered 
A unit of study offered onsite and online within the Masters of Design (Design Anthropology) program and Graduate Diploma of Design (Design Anthropology) program.