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Course Description

This seminar style course will consider multi-cultural dimensions of product and system design. Each week, students will explore the current literature on the influences of culture with respect to understanding user needs and expectations in the design, implementation and use of a wide range of products and systems across different industries (e.g., healthcare, transportation, military, and consumer products). Culture will be interpreted broadly to include international elements as well as many of the cultural influences within the U.S. population. Additionally, we will explore cross-cultural elements of co-design, collaboration and manufacturing. Opportunities to participate in co-design activities with students and designers from outside of the U.S. will be pursued. Weekly readings, discussions, in-class activities and a semester-long design activity will be included.

This is an online/virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

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School of Engineering