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Introduction to the course

Welcome to the course! This set of steps will give you an idea of how the course works and what you will cover over the next four weeks.
Normal World by Gabriella Engdahl, BA Performance Design and Practice at CSM.

Welcome to Fashion Values: Cultures, a four-week course brought to you by Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF). The course is based on the research, teaching and practice of the community of academics, educators and practitioners at the world-leading research centre.

CSF is a research centre at University of the Arts London. CSF shapes and contributes to Fashion Design for Sustainability as a field of study that conceives, realises and communicates multiple ways in which fashion manifests equity and takes place within earth’s carrying capacity. This is considered at educational, disciplinary, personal, professional and societal scales.


This course is aimed at those working in fashion, studying fashion, teaching fashion and those with an interest in sustainability in and through fashion.

This course is one of a suite of four in the Fashion Values programme. The goals are a call to work towards a better and more sustainable future for all, by all. All courses build on the CSF framework for fashion and sustainability. Fashion Values: Nature, Fashion Values: Economy and Fashion Values: Society are also on FutureLearn. A more detailed look at the CSF Framework can be found in our first online course, Fashion & Sustainability, available on FutureLearn.

You can take these courses in whichever order you wish. However, we encourage you to work through the full portfolio to explore holistically your own values and ideas of fashion. This will help you to build core skills in design thinking to respond to provocations for the practice of fashion.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Full transcript available in the downloads below.


03:48: It has two underlying principles – a recognition of the Earth’s carrying capacity made clear through scientific research into planetary boundaries and a recognition of the rights of all living beings and that all humans are born as equals as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

04:20: The courses also relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a call for us to work towards a better and more sustainable future for all by all.

09:07: In the words of Thomas Berry, “Our greatest work is in creating a world where our values prevail.”

09:44: The future comes to be, in the words of Gregory Bateson, “as it is imagined.”

During this course you will be supported through a design thinking process, be exposed to big ideas, spotlight issues and case studies.

Through the activities you will connect and co-learn with your fellow community of learners. These are likely to be fashion students, educators, professionals and practitioners from all over the world. Make the most of this amazing global network by engaging in conversation throughout all of the courses. You can do this through the activities and comments sections, and beyond.

The resources and activities on each course are designed to offer up to three hours of learning time a week. Within each course you will find links to further resources, giving you the opportunity to extend your learning.

The courses will inform and inspire practice, whether that’s in business, learning, design or communication. These courses are creating a community of fashion and sustainability thinkers and doers with the vision, skills and commitment to radically transform how we live and work through fashion.

At the bottom of this page you will find a downloadable glossary of words and terms you will encounter through this course.

How to use FutureLearn

Before you get started with the course, take some time to familiarise yourself with the FutureLearn platform. Find out how to engage with the content and other learners on the Using FutureLearn page.

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