TDN2001 - Sociologies of design - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jess Berry


Mr Dion Tuckwell

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




This unit introduces students to a range of sociological, anthropological and critical theories as applied to the production, consumption and exchange of designed objects, spaces, experiences and images. Students will develop their ability to analyse works of design from a range of theoretical perspectives and apply this knowledge to their own disciplinary contexts and practices.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand and discuss key sociological, anthropological and critical theories of objects, spaces, experiences and images;
  2. Critically discuss the systems of production, consumption and exchange that impact upon design;
  3. Analyse works of design from a particular theoretical perspective, using the correct terminology and appropriate analytic emphasis; and
  4. Present critical arguments in an informed and articulate manner, whether spoken or written;
  5. Relate and apply theoretical content to own practice.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study.

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