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Political Visions, Design, and Governance

3 units

Course Description

Karl Marx wrote, “the philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” This discussion-based seminar examines varied political philosophies and the roles they suggest for the potentially transformational work of design, development, governance of built systems. We begin with an examination of liberal democratic capitalism and the imaginaries of technology, communication, and governance that align with it. We then explore design, deployment, and governance practices aligned with visions of economic democracy, direct democracy, socialism, Afrofuturism, Zapatismo, and Native American sovereignties. This is a discussion based seminar with the option of a research paper or project proposal as a final project.


Last updated:

April 1, 2024