Take a look at titles and descriptions for the Social Design department's courses offered.

SD 5350 Practice-Based Studio

The Center for Social Design engages students in the process of problem solving and collaboration using the power of design to make a positive impact on society. Each semester, students work with a specific organization or initiative and focus on a specific objective or issue. Projects and partners change each semester. Past partners have included the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Maryland Energy Administration. Past projects have focused on energy efficiency, food access, lead poisoning, HIV/AIDS, injury prevention, and health care to name a few. CSD students work alongside educators, design professionals, nonprofit and corporate organizations to research and experiment on the ways design can support project goals.

SD 5500 Social Design Seminar I

Studies, discusses, and debates the designer's role and responsibility in society, specifically the belief that social change can happen through design. This course is the program’s core discourse. It takes the form of lessons, discussions, readings, workshops, presentations, and critiques. The course provides students with tools, skills, and the overall awareness to address various aspects of social design and innovation. It will also prepare them to reflect on their process as they focus on the importance of research, problem identification, audience understanding, and idea development.

MA Social Design graduate students only

SD 5550 Social Design Studio I

Immerses students into applied projects focused on relationship building, research, and outreach as well as exposure to and understanding of partner organizations and challenges facing the community and society in general. This hands-on course provides students with practical, collaborative, project-based opportunities and experiences outside the institution.

MA Social Design graduate students only

SD 5600 Social Design Seminar II

Studies, discusses, and debates the designer's role and responsibility in society, specifically the belief that social change can happen through design. This course is the program’s core discourse. It takes the form of lessons, discussions, readings, workshops, presentations, and critiques. The course provides students with tools, skills, and the overall awareness to address various aspects of social design and innovation. It will also prepare them to reflect on their process as they focus on the importance of research, problem identification, audience understanding, and idea development.

MA Social Design graduate students only

SD 5650 Social Design Studio II

Immerses students into applied thesis work focused on process, research, and outreach as well as exposure to and understanding of partners/stakeholders and root causes of the challenges facing community and society in general. This hands-on course provides students with practical, collaborative, project-based opportunities and experiences outside the institution.

MA Social Design graduate students only