PROD614-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Design Ethics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course intends to provoke thought and reflection over the role of the designer and their responsibilities. Literature on the subject of ethics, morality and responsibility in product design is reviewed and discussed and will include Maori and indigenous perspectives. The key agents who possess responsibility in design are also explored. The content of this course serves a variety of important roles in the education of masters' level designers. Firstly the class will develop an understanding of the concepts of ethics in design in a practical sense, including how this impacts on Maori and indigenous understandings, for those conducting design activities (and particularly design research activities); introducing the concepts of participant's informed consent and reasonable measures for ensuring compliance in a design project. Secondly, it will introduce students to the many aspects of ethical and moral debate within the contemporary product design industry, ranging from concerns related to sustainability and 'kaitiakitanga' to the idea of responsibility in design to the concept of "good works" in design. Lastly through the nature of the course and its assessment it will develop student's research competencies, communication and debating skills, all core skillsets in the contemporary designer's tool kit.


Approval of the Head of the School of Product Design

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 West 213A
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinators

Alison Lowery and Euan Coutts


Euan Coutts

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 4 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Product Design .

All PROD614 Occurrences

  • PROD614-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024