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2023/2024  KAN-CSDEO1007U  Strategic Design, Law and Ethics

English Title
Strategic Design, Law and Ethics

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 Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 26-06-2023

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Learning objectives
  • Define and compare theoretical frameworks that describe the roles of design and architecture in society, and apply them to exemplary cases.
  • To identify ways in which law and/or ethics are relevant to design entrepreneurship
  • To demonstrate abilities to analyse and evaluate design and architecture's roles as social change agents
  • To demonstrate abilities to research and discuss contemporary societal challenges that may be addressed in design entrepreneurship
Strategic Design, Law and Ethics:
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
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
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 Spring
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, technology, 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 and legal contexts that are relevant for design entrepreneurship.


Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, case studies, study visits, e-learning and guest lecturers.
Feedback during the teaching period
During the course feedback will be given in two or more of the following ways: 1) oral feedback by the lecturer in the context of student presentations, 2) collective feedback by lecturer and peer feedback (in-class or via e-learning tool) based on criteria set by the course responsible in connection with cooperative learning elements and 3) oral feedback based on student answers to quizzes.
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.


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


Teilmann-Lock, S. (2018). ‘Design, Patents, Utility Models’ in Brown, A. E. L. & C. Waelde (eds), Research Handbook on intellectual property and creative industries London: Elgar Press


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


Papanek, V.  (1972). Design for the real world; human ecology and social change. New York: Pantheon Books


Michael Schrage (2012), Who do You want your Customers to Become? Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Review Press


Hardin, G. ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’ Science 162 (3859), 1243-1248. 


Mejias, Ulises Ali and Couldry, Nick (2019) ‘Datafication’, Internet Policy Review, volume 8, issue 4,


Poell, Thomas, and David Nieborg, and José van Dijck. (2019). ‘Platformisation’. Internet Policy Review 8 (4)


Marie Hebrok (2016). ‘Where Furniture Goes to Die. Designing for Sustainable Behaviour in a Practice Perspective’ Techniques & Culture [online] Suppléments au n°65-66, mis en ligne le 31 octobre 


Perspective Bibri, S.E. (2019) ‘The anatomy of the data-driven smart sustainable city: instrumentation, datafication, computerization and related applications’ Journal of Big Data 6: 59. 


Andrews, Deborah, (2015)‘The circular economy, design thinking and education for sustainability’ Local economy, Vol.30(3), pp.305-315


Fauchart, Emmanuelle and Eric von Hippel, (2008) ‘Norms-Based Intellectual Property Systems: The Case of French Chefs’. Organization Science 19(2):187-201. 


Raustiala, Kal and Sprigman, Christopher Jon, ‘The Piracy Paradox: Innovation and Intellectual Property in Fashion Design’ Virginia Law Review, Vol. 92, p. 1687, 2006, UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 06-04


Joshua L. Cohen (2011), ‘Deliberate Differentiation by  DesignStrategies for Generating Valuable Intellectual Property’ The Design Management Institute, Vol. 22, Issue 4: 54-61 


Reitzig, M. (2004). ‘Strategic Management of Intellectual Property’. MIT Sloan Management Review45(3), 35-40


Vishv Priya Kohli & Stina Teilmann-Lock (2019), ‘Black is Back: Maritime and Commercial Court of Denmark Rules in Landmark Copyright Case’ in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Vol. 14, No. 11: 829- 830 


Jeffrey Chan (2020), ‘Designing Ethics in Large-scale Socio-technical Systems’ in Laura Scherling & Andrew DeRosa (eds.) Ethics in Design and Communication: Critical Perspectives, Oxford: Bloomsbury


Marc Miquel-Ribé (2020), ‘Dark User Experience: From Manipulation to Deception’ in Laura Scherling & Andrew DeRosa (eds.) Ethics in Design and Communication: Critical Perspectives, Oxford: Bloomsbury


Jenny L. Davis & James B. Chouinard (2017), ‘Theorizing Affordances: From Request to Refuse’ Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society: 1-8 


Last updated on 26-06-2023