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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2008

T C 357 • Design: The Role of Creative Problem Solving in Shaping Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43690 M
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
SUT 2.114

Course Description

This course will investigate how various cultures have used design as a mechanism to reach desirable social goals. We will use case studies to explore the design of organizations, design of economic strategies, design of healthcare systems, design of financial structures, design of transportation mechanisms, design of mass-produced products, design of cities, design of buildings, etc. The mission of the class will be to understand how individuals and groups, through their inventiveness and ingenuity, have solved problems in the past and how we, in turn, can learn to become more creative problem solvers for the future.

We will be seeking out ways in which our own society can stimulate and nurture a culture of design. How is creativity encouraged or stifled by various social values and attitudes? How can design be used as an effective economic engine and as a source of personal fulfillment?


Required readings will include THE RISE OF THE CREATIVE CLASS by Richard Florida and PROBLEM SEEKING/PROBLEM SOLVING by William Pena as well as an anthology of articles by authors such as Jared Diamond and William McDonough.


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