The Narrative of Design in Modern Culture (H1037)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module considers the history of design, and in particular the most impactful design movements in the industrialised world, their theories, methods and influence.

The objectives are to:

  • identify the main periods and movements of design in the modern world
  • understand the dialogue of designing and culture creation
  • be familiar with major trends in design in the modern period
  • recognise the political nature of designing
  • identify key designers in modern culture
  • consider the place of designing in human society with reference to the elements of design.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: