English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Design Theory and Design Research, 7.5 credits

(Designteori och designforskning, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1179ME
Subject area Media Production
Main field of study Media Technology
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplary domain Technology 100%
Specific to the programme Användarupplevelse och Design av Interaktiva Medier
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2019


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2019-04-02 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Media Technology or the equivalent.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • apply theoretical concepts and frameworks from design theory in advanced analyses of problems, processes, and artefacts in the domain of media technology
  • analyse and discuss their own design work, based on design theory research
  • critically discuss scientific texts within the design field and draw their own conclusions based on these texts
  • plan and formulate a design-oriented research project including methodological approaches and an analysis and evaluation of the project’s strengths and weaknesses.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course covers design as a scientific domain, its relation to other scientific domains and to theory of science in general, and the different ways in which design knowledge can be conceptualised and shared. Methodological approaches relevant for design science are presented and discussed with a particular focus on research through design as an approach for scientific inquiry. Theoretical frameworks and design qualities as means for valuing and analysing design processes and interactive artifacts are discussed and used. As part of the course, an individual design-oriented research project plan is formulated and evaluated.

1001, Design Theory and Design Research, 7.5 credits

(Designteori och designforskning, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course consists of lectures, seminars and workshops.

Examination format

1001, Design Theory and Design Research (7.5 credits)

  • Written hand-in assignments
  • Written project plan
  • Active participation in seminars and workshops

Absence from seminars and workshops may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for by supplementary assignments.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.