HDCB01121U DCC Danish Architecture and Urban Design

Volume 2024/2025

Available Spring 2025

Danish Culture Courses



Danish Architecture and Urban Design is a course offered in English for international students.  In Denmark, architecture is seen as a much wider practice than merely the art of making buildings. The course provides an overview of Danish architecture, urban design, and planning over the last 100 years, with particular emphases on life-centred and human-centred perspectives on architecture and the built environment. Excursions and self-guided field studies to see and experience examples of the architecture and planning are important elements of this lecture course. Examples of architecture with Nordic approaches to the planning and design of the physical environment will be presented and discussed. Culture, climate, scale, and inclusivity are important elements in the way the Nordic Welfare States and the profession have been dealing with the international tendencies, as they are translated into local settings. These aspects and many other socio-spatial qualities will be unfolded and deliberated across the duration of the course.


NB: This Danish Architecture and Urban Design course does not directly overlap the course material covered in the Danish Design course. It is thus completely suitable to enroll in both courses in the same semester, if so desired. 


Name of Exam: HDCB01121E Danish Architecture and Urban Design

Learning Outcome

You will get a deeper knowledge and understanding of the overall themes in a focused study area within Danish architecture and urban design during the last 100 years.

You will be able to 

  • Applying research-based knowledge to a special topic within Danish architecture and urban design
  • Understanding and reflecting on a special aspect of Danish culture
  • Putting this in the perspective of e.g. European cultural history.
  • Taking an analytical approach to the focused study as an element of Danish architecture and urban design.  

Reader with all required literature will be available online on Absalon as well as additional optional reading

The course is only offered to exchange and fee-paying guest students at the University of Copenhagen.
Lectures, class teaching, excursions and self-guided field studies
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 20
  • Preparation
  • 60
  • Excursions
  • 14
  • Exam Preparation
  • 129,5
  • Total
  • 223,5
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Written take-home assignment with an optional subject following active class participation. 11-15 standard pages.

The active class participation consists of an approved synopsis 2-3 standard pages.

Retake in case of non-approved active class participation consists of a written take-home assignment with an optional subject. 16-20 standard pages.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

For students with an approved synopsis the reexamination consists of a free written take-home assignment of 11-15 pages.


For students without an approved synopsis the retake consists of a free written take-home assignment of 16-20 pages.