Transition Design Sprint: How to design pathways to the future? (5 ECTS)

Transition Design bounds together futures, design and system thinking and their methodology. Its aim is to tackle complex, even wicked problems, to create concrete multi-stage plans to achieve preferable futures. Transition Design is transdisciplinary field that stresses the role of societies and individuals as actors for any system level change. The aim of the study unit is to provide the 3UAS students understanding how to apply Transition Design in their working environment. The main lecturer of the implementation is Zeynep Falay von Flittner

Futures Week is for Bachelor and Master’s degree students and the staff of 3UAS. There will be 60 places available for the course. The course is especially suitable for people interested in broadening their understanding of service design and foresight methodology and learning tangible tools to apply in their work environment. However, no previous studies in either of the disciplines is required. The assessment criteria for Bachelor degree and Master degree students and the tasks included are different.

Schedule:

15th August – 31st October: enrollment period

31st October – 21st November: mandatory pre-assignments.

Selecting the groupwork topic until 7th November,  introduction to transition design until 21st November and meeting your group until 24th November

24th – 26th November: Transition Design Sprint

11th December: deadline for individual assignment and peer review 

Learning objectives of the course

  • Explain the principles of Transition Design
  • Apply Transition Design approach and basic tools in authentic case study
  • Bachelor Level (AMK)/EQF6: explain the stages of Transition Design process
  • Master Level (YAMK)/EQF7: reflect the usability of Transition Design methodology in futures working life

Structure of the course

The five ECT study unit is equivalent to 135h of work and consists of pre-tasking, 3-day Transition Design sprint, individual course report and a peer review. To pass the study unit, the student is required to submit the pre-tasking, individual course report and a peer review and to participate in all three days of the Sprint. It is not possible to participate in the sprint remotely.

Pre-assignment, (pass/fail)

Aim is to familiarize the participants to the principles of Transition Design and the sprint assignment. The pre-assignment may utilize academic articles and video lectures.

Transition Design Sprint

The three-day Sprint consist of lecturer led lectures and facilitation, but the main weight is on group work in multidisciplinary heterogenous teams. During the Sprint the teams apply the process and tools of Transition Design.

Individual Course Report, (Grades 1-5)

The students will reflect the theory and the applied process of Transition Design. The BA and the MA students have different study objectives and criteria for the task.

Possible Questions for a Peer review:

  • The peer review is written to a given canvas

Possible Assignment for the BA -students written in the given format using academic language and references (min. 2500 words):

  • explain the principles and key concepts of Transition Design
  • EQF6: explain the stages of the applied Transition Design process and reflect what went well and what were the encountered difficulties during the process

Possible Assignment for the MA -students written in the given format using academic language and references (min. 2500 words):

  • explain the principles and key concepts of Transition Design and reflect the practise with the theory
  • EQF7: reflect the usability of Transition Design methodology in futures working life

Contact: 

Vesa Heikkinen (vesa.heikkinen@haaga-helia.fi)

Päivi Käri-Zein (paivi.kari-zein@haaga-helia.fi)

Pasi Hario (pasi.hario@laurea.fi)

Annukka Jussila (annukka.jussila@laurea.fi)

Leena Björkqvist (leena.bjorkqvist@metropolia.fi)

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