Center for Socially Engaged Design

Within the Design Science Master’s Program, students may complete a specialized track of study sponsored by Insitu | Center for Socially Engaged Design. These specializations pull from diverse course offerings across the University of Michigan to suggest guided studies in focus areas related to the practice of socially engaged design.

Each offering recommends coursework for a primary discipline, secondary discipline, cognate, and practicum.

[Pending formal approval by the Design Science review committee]

Sustainable Design and Systems Evaluation Track

The Sustainable Design and Systems Evaluation track allows students to build an understanding of how technology design affects the environment, economics, and society to inform the design of more sustainable technology systems.

PRIMARY DISCIPLINE – Sustainable Design and Evaluation Process
2 courses required
ISD 588: Sustainable Engineering and Design
ISD 589: Sustainable Design of Technology Systems
SECONDARY DISCIPLINE – Technology Applications
1 foundations course required, 1 thematic course required
Foundations
CEE 501: Wind Development Engineering (Section 7)
CEE 501: Greenhouse Gas Control (Section 014)
CEE 567: Energy Infrastructure Systems
CEE 574: Materials Selection for Sustainable Design
EECS 498: Grid Integration of Alternative Energies
NRE 574: Sustainable Energy Systems
CEE 624: Restoration Fundamentals and Practice in Ecological Systems
AUTO 533: Advanced Energy Solutions
CEE 501.059: Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems
Thematic
AOSS 480: Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Problem Solving
CEE 565: Seminars on Energy Science, Technology, and Policy
ENG 521: Clean Tech Entrepreneurship
CEE 686: Case Studies in Environmental Sustainability
NRE 501.114: Biofuels and Sustainability
ARCH 575: Building Ecology
NRE 605: Green Development
NRE 576: Ecological Design Approaches to Brownfield Development
NRE 567: Transportation Energy & Climate
NRE 558: Water Resource Policy
ECON 437: Energy Economics & Policy
NRE 501.091 Renewable Energy and the Grid
NRE 527: Energy Markets and Energy Politics
COGNATE DISCIPLINES
1 course required
CHE: 588 Global Quality Systems and Regulatory Innovation
MECHENG 581: Global Product Development
MECHENG 587: Global Manufacturing
MKT 625: New Product Innovation and Management
NRE 512: Ethics Corporate Management
NRE 532: Natural Resources and Environ Conflict Management
NRE 560: Behavior and Environment
FIN 637: Finance and Sustainable Enterprises
FIN 583: Energy Project Finance
NRE 501.036 Consumption, Trade, and Environmental Input-Output Analysis
NRE 597: Environmental Systems Analysis
NRE 570: Environ Economics: Quantitative Methods & Tools
AERO: 536 Electric Propulsion
AUTO 566: Hybrid electrical vehicles
NRE 501.007 Sustainable Aquaculture
NRE 501.038: Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
UP 520: Urban Land Use Planning
UP 533: Sustainable Urbanism and Architecture
ARCH 575: Building Ecology
NRE 550: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development
PRACTICUM – Sustainability Project-based Experience
 Capstone in Sustainable Design

Global Health Design Track

The Global Health Design track allows students to develop a holistic understanding of best practices in global health design as well as a growing knowledge of strategies and trends in the field. The track focuses on refining skills essential to the designing technologies that improves human health in low-resource settings.

PRIMARY/SECONDARY DISCIPLINES
6 credit minimum (you may only use one course from each group)
Design
ME 599: Front End Design
SI 422: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation
SI 588: Fundamentals of Human Behavior
SI 606: Personal Informatics Deign
MECHENG 581: Global Product Development
MKT 625: New Product Innovation and Management
IOE 533: Human Motor Behavior and Engineering Systems
MECHENG 559: Smart Materials and Structures
MECHENG 577: User of Materials and their Selection in Design
SI 512: Design for Engagement
SI 520: Graphic Design
SI 582: Introduction to Interaction Design
Implementation
TO 701: Topics in Global Operations
MTG 615: International Marketing Management
CHE/BIOMEDE 588: Global Quality Systems and Regulatory Innovation
STRAT 562/TO 563: Innovation in Global Health Delivery
MKT 615: International Marketing and Management
MTG 640: Global Supply Chain Management
FIN 637: Finance and the Sustainable Enterprise
CHE 597: Regulatory Issues for Scientists, Engineers, and Managers
MECHENG/MFG 587: Global Manufacturing
MTG 640: Global Supply Chain Management
Evaluation
PSYCH 688: Intro to Survey Design
PSYCH 687: Methods of Survey Sampling
PSYCH 711: Questionnaire Design
SI 422: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation
COGNATE DISCIPLINES
3 credit minimum (you may only use one course from each group)
Global Health
HBEBED 516: Global Health Anthropological Perspectives
PUBHLTH 350: Global Public Health; Challenges and Transformations
PH554: Introduction to Globalization and Health
INTMED 387: Implementation Solutions for Global Health Equity
Thematic related to design project (Examples provided for a maternal health based project)
AAS 409: Maternal/Child Health & Environmental Pollution in Africa
ANTHRCUL 324: Childbirth & Culture
WOMENSTD 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, & Reproduction
Peoples and Societies
PSYCH 782: Cultural Psychology
MO 501: Human Behavior and Organization
MO 563: Leading Creativity & Innovation
SI 588: Fundamentals of Human Behavior
PRACTICUM
Global Health Design Initiative Internship
Biomedical Industry Internship
Medical technologies industry internship
Non-profit global health internship
Other Design Internship

Socially Engaged Design Track

The Socially Engaged Design track allows students to expand the awareness of how designs interact with end-users and society through cultural, environmental, and economic contexts to inform the design of comprehensive technology solutions that are effective and sustainable.

PRIMARY DISCIPLINE – Systems Thinking in Societies
6 credits required (you may only use one course from each group)
Group 1
SOC 505: Theories and Practices of Sociology I
SOC 506: Theories and Practices of Sociology II
Group 2
PUBPOL 750: Topics – International Politics of Poverty
PUBPOL 656: Technology and Development Policy
Group 3
PSYCH 782: Cultural Psychology
PSYCH 682: Advanced Social Psychology
Non-grouped courses
ARCH 509: Design Activism and Social Change
ANTRHCUL 526: Traditions of Ethnology I
MKT 613: Consumer Behavior
MO 501: Human Behavior and Organization
STRAT 566: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development
UP 532: Sustainable Development: Resolving Economic and Environmental Conflicts
SOC 555: Culture and Knowledge
SI 512: Design for Engagement
SI 582: Introduction to Interaction Design
SI 588: Fundamentals of Human Behavior
SECONDARY DISCIPLINE – Applicable Methods in Socially Engaged Design
6 credits required (you may only use one course from each group)
Group 1
SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation
HBEHED 624: Needs Assessment Methods for Public Health
Group 2
PSYCH 688: Intro to Survey Design
PSYCH 687: Methods of Survey Sampling
HBEHED 530: Techniques of Survey Research
PSYCH 711: Questionnaire Design
SURVMETH 600: Fundamentals of Survey Methodology
SURVMETH 672/673: Survey Practicum/Data Collection
PSYCH 618: Advanced Methods of Survey Sampling
Group 3
HBEHED 638: Qualitative Methods in Public Health
EDUC 792: Methods in Educational Research – Qualitative
SOC 522: Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 523: Qualitative Research Methods II
Non-grouped courses
ME 599: Front End Design
PSYCH 613/614: Advanced Statistical Methods I, II
SOC 507: Logics and Strategies of Sociological Research Inquiry
PSYCH 988: Psychology Statistics
ANTHRCUL 540: Methods in Ethnography
ANTHRCUL 652: Ethnographic Writing
COGNATE
3 credits required
STRAT 562: Innovation in Global Health Delivery
CHE: 588 Global Quality Systems and Regulatory Innovation
MKT 625: New Product Innovation and Management
PUBHLTH 600: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Public Health Challenges
SI 648/748: Infoculture: Theory and Methods in the History and Sociology of Info Technology
MKT 630: Marketing Engineering
HBEHED 620: Behavioral Research Methods in Public Health
ISD 588: Sustainable Engineering and Design
NRE 512: Ethics Corporate Management
ANTHRCUL 629: Method and Interpretation in Sociocultural Anthropology
MKT 503: Marketing Management
HBEHED 516: Global Health Anthropological Perspectives
ANTHRCUL 548: Theory and Practice in Medical Anthropology
PUBPOL 534: Economics of Developing Countries
IOE 458: Integrated Product Development
IOE 533: Human Factors in Engineering Systems
PRACTICUM
Socially Engaged Design Project Experience

How to Declare

Students interested in pursuing one of these tracks should discuss with their Design Science program advisor and send an email to sociallyengageddesign@umich.edu with the subject “Design Science Track”.

The body should include:

  • Your name
  • UMID#
  • The track you wish to pursue
  • Any comments/questions