The Arts and Crafts of Dutch Design


Course Objective

1. Students will become familiar with the current scholarly literature
about Dutch design and national identity.
2. Students demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret design
orally and in writing.
3. Students conduct original research utilizing artefacts and other
primary sources related to material culture and will situate their
research within the context of the scholarship related to Dutch design
and national identity.
4. Students develop and support an argument and demonstrate clear
analytical writing skills through the preparation of an essay that uses
original primary sources.

Course Content

The aim of this course is to analyze the construction of Dutch Design
and to develop alternative approaches to the study of material culture
in the Netherlands. The students get an insight in the creation and
development of Dutch design and of 'Dutchness' as a constructed concept,
mediated by designers, labels, design critics, institutions and
promotion campaigns.

Teaching Methods

Seminar, excursion and field work.

Method of Assessment

Attendance is required. The evaluation will be based on three blog
entries (compulsory), an oral presentation (20%), a final presentation
(compulsory) and an essay (80%). To pass the course, the essay needs to
be a 6.0 or higher.
In order to qualify for a grade, students need to fulfill all in-class
assignments, as well as submitting their research essay. Please note
that the oral presentations are non ‘re-sitable’. The re-sit grade will
be 100% based on the (reworked) research essay. This means that partial
grades will not count when calculating final grades resulting from the
re-sit. Moreover, the maximum grade for a re-sit essay is 8.

Matching learning goals and assessment form:
Learning goal 1 (blog entries and oral presentation)
Learning goal 2 (final presentation and essay)
Learning goals 3 & 4 (essay)

Entry Requirements

Students should have followed the course "Methods of Design Analysis:
The Meanings of Design"


Gimeno Martínez, Javier, Design and National Identity, London/New York
(Bloomsbury Academic), 2016

Target Audience

Master's students Art and Culture, Programme Design Cultures

Additional Information

Some classes and research will be on location outside the VU.

General Information

Course Code L_AAMAACW002
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. J.C. Gimeno Martinez
Examiner dr. J.C. Gimeno Martinez
Teaching Staff dr. J.C. Gimeno Martinez

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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