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2019/2020  KAN-CSDEO1004U  Design Business in Society

English Title
Design Business in Society

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Stina Teilmann-Lock - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 12-12-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Define and compare theoretical perspectives that describe the role of design and architecture as social, cultural and legal entities in society, and apply them to exemplary cases.
  • To identify areas of intellectual property law that are relevant to design entrepreneurship and to argue for strategic uses thereof
  • To demonstrate abilities to evaluate the dynamic contexts of design and architecture and analyse the role of change agents in designing social change
  • To demonstrate abilities to research and analyze challenges to design entrepreneurship related to social, legal and environmental effects
Design Business in Society:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Essay
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course considers design and architecture in the light of sustainability, law, culture and social value paying heed to theoretical as well as strategic potentials.


The aim will be to provide students with an understanding of contemporary societal contexts of design and architecture.

Course lectures will provide opportunities to examine and discuss the ways that social, cultural and legal frameworks condition the creation of intellectual properties as well as societal value in design entrepreneurship and design businesses.


In particular, theories of sustainability in design and architecture, intellectual property law and models for design and architecture as agents of social change will be investigated as approaches for sustaining the cultural, societal and commercial value of design and architecture. Based on a solid understanding of diverse approaches and their interplay, the course will examine their application and implications for design and architecture in order to enable students to act strategically as future design entrepreneurs.


Real-life cases and site visits (when available) will complement readings and class activities in demonstrating the contribution of design and architecture to redirecting social and cultural practices, to communicate the value of sustainable designs and sustainable architecture and to strengthen social cohesion in contemporary society. Ultimately, the course will enhance students’ understanding of and interaction with societal norms and rules as they apply to design entrepreneurship.


Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, case studies, study visits, e-learning and guest lecturers.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is an integrated part of the Design business in Society. Teaching includes student-driven classroom activities with oral feedback from peers and lecturer.
Student workload
Attending class 33 hours
Preperation 143 hours
Exam 30 hours
In total 206 hours
Expected literature

Suggested readings (indicative)


Scott, K., Bakker, C., & Quist, J. (2012). Designing change by living change. Design Studies33(3), 279-297.


Thorpe, A., & Gamman, L. (2011). Design with society: why socially responsive design is good enough. CoDesign7(3-4), 217-230.


Schwarz, M., & Krabbendam, D. (2013). Sustainist Design Guide.


Manzini, E., & Rizzo, F. (2011). Small projects/large changes: Participatory design as an open participated process. CoDesign7(3-4), 199-215.


Ceschin, F., & Gaziulusoy, I. (2016). Evolution of design for sustainability: From product design to design for system innovations and transitions. Design Studies47, 118-163.


Brown, A. & Waelde, C. (eds.) (2018). Research Handbook on IP and Creative Industries. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


Op Den Kamp, C. & Hunter, D. eds. (2019). A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Raustiala, K. & Sprigman, C. (2012). The Knockoff Economy: how Imitation sparks Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012


Schovsbo, J. & Teilmann-Lock, S. (2016). ‘We wanted More Arne Jacobsen Chairs but all we got was Boxes: Experiences from the Protection of Designs in Scandinavia from 1970 till the Directive’. International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 47 (4), 418-437.


Sherman, B. & Bentley, J. (1999). The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Last updated on 12-12-2019