DCC Danish Design

Course content

This course offers a survey of Danish design, focusing foremost on the post-war era (ca. 1945-1960s). It concentrates on a design tradition world renowned for, amongst other things, high-quality crafts(wo)manship, functionality, humanism, contextualism, simplicity, comprehensiveness, and creative continuity between tradition and renewal. Design is never merely a question of beautiful forms and surfaces, and therefore this course purposefully explores below the surface of things. It examines wider issues of ethics and aesthetics as exemplified in designs for the welfare state. This course presents 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 Denmark’s most successful post-war 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 wider socio-cultural, political, economic, and technical contexts. We shall critically question the given topics through such lens as ‘design as common good’, ‘shattering the familiar’, ‘women in DD’, ‘decolonising design history’, and ‘Quo vadis, DD?’. Furthermore, independent field studies to significant local sites afford opportunities for to challenge experiential blindness and deepen place-based learning. 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 is also significant because it can aid us in shedding new light on our understandings of contemporary societal issues and design’s roles in relation to these – also aiding us in transforming our comprehensions of how sustainable and equitable futures may be envisioned and 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. 


Danish Design at Danishculturecourses.ku.dk




Danish Culture Courses



Class teaching, exercises, excursions and more.

Texts will be available online through Absalon.

The course is only offered to exchange and fee-paying guest students (international and Danish) at the University of Copenhagen.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
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 retake 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.

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Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester

See link under Timetable (after May 1st)
Study Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting department
  • SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
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Courtney Coyne-Jensen

Saved on the 27-04-2023

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