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Designers often develop products intended to be used by the “average” person: someone with no limitations, impairments, or major differences from the societal norm. But what happens when a prospective user who isn’t “average” wants to use the product and can’t? Students will learn about universal design, a concept in which products, spaces, and experiences are designed to be accessible and inclusive of users of all backgrounds, abilities, and identities. Each week, students will explore a new human attribute, limitation, or identity that impacts design, and will critique existing products that do or do not design with this user type in mind. We will also analyze each characteristic through an ethical lens, discussing the ethics of designing for inclusivity. INSTRUCTORS: Alexandra Benbadis is a Human Factors Specialist at Emergo by UL. She earned a BS in Engineering Psychology in 2017 and an MS in Human Factors in 2018, both from Tufts University. Matthew Marber is a Senior Human Factors Specialist at Emergo by UL. He earned a BS in Engineering Psychology in 2016 and an MS in Human Factors in 2017, both from Tufts University.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

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

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences