Danish Language and Culture for Architecture and Design StudentsSemester Course

20th and 21st Century Danish Architecture, elective course at DIS Copenhagen
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, Architecture, Language
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course is an integrated language and culture course with a major focus on architecture and design in Denmark and Copenhagen in particular. The class is based on a high degree of experiential learning by using the city as our classroom. We study various aspects of Danish culture with creative eyes and operate with a complex view on culture through a range of representations. The focus is on dominant Danish architecture and design supported by national narratives, values, and symbolism, which we will approach from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

When studying the Danish language, we employ a communicative, functional approach, so you are able to use the language actively on a basic level, thereby giving you a valuable basic for intercultural encounters during the study abroad experience. The course will focus on spoken everyday Danish, reading comprehension, and basic grammar. The course will explore how culture is reflected in language. By analyzing keywords and concepts and applying appropriate etiquette, you learn how to navigate in a foreign culture.

An important component of the course is your own observations of the Danish society as well as critical analysis of the presented materials.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Design, Urban Design


Catharina S. Rosendal

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. (Language and Communication, Copenhagen Business School). Studied in French at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, France. Master’s program in Teaching Language for Adults, Aarhus University. Teacher of Danish language and culture since 2009. Background in international marketing with Carlsberg, the pharmaceutical industry, and international advertising agencies. With DIS since 2015.