Design Thinking for Public Service

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

Photo of Cheryl Simrell King
public administration
  • MPA

In this course, we apply a design thinking perspective to contemporary administrative, social, and physical problems and challenges. Design thinking brings together people from different disciplines to effectively explore, in collaboration, human-centered approaches to contemporary challenges. While we'll study the theory of design thinking, the main focus of this course is on the application of design thinking in communities and administration. We will examine both design as a physical element to create/make/sustain communities as well as design as a method for social innovation, service delivery, and management. We'll study design thinking, cases of social and communal innovation using design thinking, and work together to apply design thinking to real-world situations. Our learning laboratory is the City of Tenino. This course is applicable for students interested in social and administrative innovation, city planning, and community building.

Program Details


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

 Tues-Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 15, 29, 6-10p, Sat-Oct 22 & Dec 3, 9a-5p

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning