People centred design


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Bachelor degree in Sustainable design or similar qualifications, with knowledge of methods within the areas of user-centred design, participatory design and co-design

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed this course:

Learning objectives


  • has knowledge of rapid rural appraisal and participatory rural appraisal used by various NGO’s as approaches to international development and critically reflect in their value in design processes
  • has insight user-centred design, participatory design and co-design methods and can reflect on the possibilities of using these in people centred design processes in an international context
  • has insight into theories on cultural differences and the management of these
  • has a broad insight into product design and marketing strategies in different countries and be able to identify the differences in design as well as argue for the background behind these differences
  • has an understanding of design ethics, as well as fair trade and sustainability


  • is able to plan a people centred design process in an international context
  • is able to design a simple product, service of system for a different culture than his/her own and argue for which aspects address this culture
  • is able to develop a strategy for managing a multi-cultural design team


  • is able to take part in professional people centred design projects in international context
  • can reflect critically on the role of designers in the context of globalization and with relation to ethics, fair trade and sustainability

Type of instruction

Reading and analysing texts, lectures and cases, facilitating exercises etc.



Name of examPeople centred design
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
Permitted aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titlePeople centred design
Module codeTBISDK13205
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design