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KEMI 2065A - Attitude and Responsibility of the Creator under the paradigme of Innovation

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Our changing society is looking for new ideas to think about its future. Never before has investment in innovation been so important. The creators are solicited. There seems to be urgency. But the designs of these innovations are often contradictory approaches. While some integrate the conditions of life of a population of 10 billion people on a fragile planet, most of them are based on a kind of negationism of this reality. Novelty is then a kind of exercise to argue to preserve the existing and maintain competition. The course will analyze the creator's approach and responsibility in the face of a culture of innovation that is too often independent of the real future needs of the human being. A number of design-related case studies will capture the story.


  • BAUR, Ruedi (Graphiste, Directeur artistique)
  • BAUR, Vera (President, Institute and association for critical research and sciences in design_Civic city)

Pedagogical format

The course will be constructed in an exchange in between a designer and a sociologue. He will include theory analyses, case studies and give time for interactive debates. On a common platform, the students will parallely work collectively and individually about creativity in an interdependent society.

Course validation

Presence and active contribution at the seminars: 33,3% Individual and collective contribution at the Platform as home work: 33,3% Final exposé: 33,3%


6 seminars of two hours each (12 hours), home work (36 hours)

Required reading

  • Delmas-Marty, Mireille. Aux quatre vents du monde. Petit guide de navigation sur l'océan de la mondialisation, Le Seuil 2016.
  • Julien, François. Conférence sur l'efficacité, PUF 2005.
  • Colin Crouch, Post-démocratie, Éditions Diaphanes 2013.
  • Boltanski, Luc / Chiapello, Eve, Le nouvel esprit du capitalisme, Gallimard 1999.
  • Baur, Ruedi and Vera, Civic city, Attac ed. Our world to change! Lars Muller Publishers 2017.