HDCB01191U DCC Danish Design
Danish Culture Courses
This course provides a survey of Danish design, concentrating foremost on the post-war era (approx. 1945-1960s). It concentrates on a design tradition world renowned for, amongst other things, high-quality craftsmanship, functionality, humanism, contextualism, simplicity, comprehensiveness, and a creative continuity between tradition and renewal. Design is never merely a question of beautiful forms and surfaces, and therefore this course will purposefully explore below the surface. It examines wider issues of ethics and aesthetics, as exemplified in designs for the Welfare State. The course lectures present in-depth examinations into a diversity of design fields and design culture movements in order to reveal the essential considerations and contexts shaping some of the most successful Danish designs. Material designs ranging in scale “from the spoon to the city”, as well as immaterial designs, shall be probed and discussed in relation to their socio-cultural, political, economic, and technical contexts. Supporting the lectures, seminars will critically question the given topics through such lens as ‘shattering the familiar’, ‘othering’, ‘decolonosing design history’, and ‘Quo vadis, Dansk Design?’. Zooming in on Danish design of the past, including its roles in shaping the Welfare State, this course explores the meanings and purposes of design and the ways design can enrich everyday life. Honing in on Danish design of the past in this course is also significant because it can aid us in shedding new light on our understandings of contemporary design – and thus also help transform our comprehensions of how sustainable and equitable futures may be constituted.
NB: This Danish Design course does not directly overlap the course material covered in the Danish Architecture and Urban Design course. It is thus completely suitable to enrol in both courses in the same semester if so desired.
- Class Instruction
- Exam Preparation
Registration form for exchange students will be available at the beginning of April online at www.danishculturecourses.ku.dk
Fee-paying (DK/EU/EEA/Swiss citizens) please see: Guest programmes – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk) - we are also working on a new website for this course, where you will find the registration form. This information will be updated.
- 15 ECTS
- 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.
Exam 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 reexamination consists of a free written take-home assignment of 16-20 pages.
- Course code
- 15 ECTS
- BachelorBachelor choice
- 1 semester
- See link under Timetable (after May 1st)
- Course capacity
- Study Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
- SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
- Faculty of Humanities
- skt448 skt448 (5-74808a7f765179867e3f7c863f757c)