Socially Responsible Design Studio

DID30002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 
    This unit will be delivered both on-line and on-campus in Semester 2 2020.
    Please check your timetable for on campus locatio

Contact hours

  • 36

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20


175cp in BH-DESIND1 Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) or BA-DESIND2 or BA-DESIND3 including
DID10003 Product CAD: 3D Modelling OR DPD20001 Product CAD
DID20002 Design for Manufacture 1: Materials and Processes


Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide students with real world socially responsible projects that address the needs, abilities and unique contexts of specific communities, either local or international. Students will develop user-centered, real-world projects, aiming to ensure that they are aware of the consequences of their actions, their ability to contribute to the future betterment societies combined with a focus on conservation of environmental resources. Further to this, the unit builds on concepts of sustainable design by introducing a range of Design for Environment (DfE) philosophies and strategies.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe research findings, articulate problems, examine existing design solutions and evaluate their suitability
2. Investigate a specific community and synthesise knowledge into user-centred, socio-culturally environmentally appropriate proposals
3. Create an innovative and socially responsible design outcome to a real world scenario, taking into account local materials, local cultures, and social and environmental sustainability
4. Produce 3D studies to help in refining designs
5. Examine and critically evaluate proposals based on user, socio- cultural and DfE philosophies and strategies.

Courses with unit

BH-DESIND1 Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)(Honours)