Educating ethical designers



In recent years, there has been an increased focus on bringing sustainability into design education. The focus of such education, however, mainly concerns providing design students with the knowledge and skills needed to create sustainable design, which, so this paper argues, may not be enough. Thus, with a basis in Aristotelian virtue ethics, this paper shows that sustainable design education may apply a broader perspective by also focussing on how to stimulate design students’ desire to create sustainable solutions as well as providing them with the means to engage others in such ideas. As compared to the identified literature, the present paper represents a novel perspective on sustainability in design education that may constitute a basis for further discussions and educational developments.


Design education Design ethics Sustainable design Design activism Socially responsible design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship ManagementUniversity of Southern DenmarkKoldingDenmark

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