International Design Project


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in ‘Staging Participatory Design’.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed this module:

Learning objectives


  • has knowledge on how to set project goals, manage and stage an international design project in a multicultural environment
  • has knowledge about personal responsibilities and risks for engaging in engineering work in multicultural environments


  • can formulate a purpose for an international design project
  • can identify the technical knowledge needed for a project, master it, and apply it to the project
  • can navigate in complexities of different structures of power to develop a project
  • can navigate the complex arrangement of NGOs, government institutions, and companies in the intervening country to arrange the necessary resources for the development of a design project
  • can stage a participatory design project based on involving a variety of actors
  • can synthesise ideas and concepts based on interactions with actors
  • can balance off viewpoints and create a harmonic unity in a multi-cultural team
  • can understand the practical, complex execution of international design processes and own role within these processes
  • can deliver and communicate a thorough design solution
  • can evaluate the vulnerability of concepts


  • can independently engage and take responsibility in engineering work in multicultural environments
  • can independently establish and conduct a working relationship with people from different cultures
  • can reflect critically on the role of engineers in the context of globalization and with relation to sustainability
  • can critically reflect over his/her own competencies as an integrative sustainable design engineer (PBL)
  • can critically reflect on design as an iterative process that involves the integration of different kinds of knowledges and professional contributions (PBL)

Type of instruction

Seminars and project work with supervision.



Name of examInternational Design Project
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleInternationalt design projekt
Module codeTBSDK20303
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Design)
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design