The course objective is to give a broad understanding of Design and Innovation as research areas and to critically reflect upon and discuss 'classic' research work that these research areas build upon. Some 'classics' are still valid and useful and others have been transformed into new interpretations. We will read both types of texts. The course will run over one year, with 8 'classic' text seminars. These seminars will be open for non-course participants as well to help creating a critical mass. Each seminar will be based on one or more texts. As a participant in the seminar you are expected to prepare yourself by carefully reading and reflecting upon the texts and to actively contribute to the common discussion during the seminar.
Additionally, there will be 4 'on-going' research seminars during the year. At these seminars, the course participants will present their on-going research work, at any stage of progression. These seminars can be open for non-participants as decided by the presenter. Written texts (drafts preferable) will be used as preparations for the seminar. The draft should be distributed to all course participants at least one week before the seminar take place. All course participants are to leave written feedback to the presenter, on both written text and the seminar presentation. To present at an 'on-going' seminar is recommended for course participants who lack the opportunity to get regular critical feedback in seminar form. If there are more than four course participants that want to present at the on-going seminars; the selection of presenters will be based on individual needs. However if needed there is a flexibility to add two extra seminars, hence maximal 6 on-going seminars can take place during the course. If the course is expanded with extra seminars the workload for the course participants are not changed.
At the end of the course, each participant shall write a reflective essay, where the content of readings, research seminars and common discussions will be related to the students own on-going research work. The essay should be handed-in at the latest 5 weeks after the last seminar.