Literature Discover the complex role of the Other in European literature. This program invites you to join discussions on contemporary issues of identity, marginalization, and the idea of the foreigner.IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?It’s a good fit if you study:Creative WritingLiteratureEnglishCORE COURSE Imagining the Other in European Literature Fall/Spring, 3 Credits The course examines how Otherness has been imagined and depicted in Nordic and European literature. Through questioning the underlying assumptions in European literature, we explore the processes of constructing and representing the Other in terms of gender, culture, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, religion, and nationality.Week-Long Study Tour: London Core Course Week: Study tour within Sweden + a two-day seminar in Stockholm Visit our website for a full list of additional elective courses!
Terrorism & SecurityHow are security threats defined and responded to in a changing Europe? Explore the complexity of European security and intelligence dilemmas in light of the movement of people and increased tensions among nations.IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?It’s a good fit if you study:Global StudiesGovernmentInternational RelationsPolitical ScienceCORE COURSE European Security Dilemmas and Intelligence Fall/Spring, 3 Credits Europe is under pressure and what constitutes a security threat is changing, too: a larger Russian presence in the region and increased risk of terrorism, but also fundamentalist and right-wing tendencies, the risk of pandemics, cyber terrorism, and European governments struggling to respond in unison to increasing numbers of refugees. Drawing on European schools of thought within international security studies, this course explores current intelligence and security dilemmas in Europe.Week-Long Study Tour: Berlin Core Course Week: Study tour within Sweden + a two-day seminar in Stockholm Prerequisite: One international relations or political science course at university level.Visit our website for a full list of additional elective courses!
NeuroscienceAs humans, emotions are intrinsic to our socialization, and influence our cognition and behavior. Study and research the underlying neural networks linked to the experience, understanding, and expression of emotions.IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?It’s a good fit if you study:NeurosciencePsychologyPre-Medicine/Health ScienceCORE COURSE OPTIONSAffective Neuroscience: Emotions, Cognition, and BehaviorFall/Spring, 3 Credits How do we understand the interplay of human emotions and their neural networks? This course applies findings from the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and the psychological study of, cognition, emotion, and personality. Basic, complex, and social emotions are explored from the perspective of, e.g., the subjective experience of emotion, non-conscious processes, how emotions are interpreted, expressed or regulated. Affective systems, neural networks, and their relationship to cognitive processes such as attention, learning, memory, decision making are addressed. Where relevant, human brain imaging findings, pathological conditions, treatment and cultural perspectives are considered.Week-Long Study Tour: ParisCore Course Week: Study tour within Sweden + a two-day seminar in StockholmPrerequisite: One semester of neuroscience, physiological psychology, or biological psychology at university level.Corequisite: Affective Neuroscience Research Lab Visit our website for a full list of over 250 additional elective courses!
Environmental Science of the Arctic Explore climate change theory and other environmental issues through the lens of climate history in the Arctic, and examine the evidence on your study tour to Iceland, Greenland, or Norway. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTSUse unique geological locations in the region to discuss topics in geology, climate research, ecosystems, and the environment Join your DIS faculty on a course-integrated study tour to glaciers of Iceland, the ice sheet of Greenland, or the tundra of Norway Learn from leading researchers in climate change and specialists from the world-renowned Center for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute STUDENT PROFILEThis program is right for you if you study biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental science, or geology. You should be interested in the hard science behind climate change and combining fieldwork with research in class. CORE COURSE OPTIONS Glaciers and Human Impact: Icelandic Climate Change Case StudyFall/Spring, 3 Credits Focus on the natural science and societal aspects of climate change with a case study from historic times. Take a journey from ancient times to the present through periods when the climate was strikingly different from today and examine the mechanisms and feedback governing the climate system. Week-Long Study Tour: Iceland Core Course Week: Study tour to Eastern Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen Prerequisites: One semester of environmental or earth science at university level. One year of physics or chemistry at university level is highly recommended. Ice Cores and Ice Ages: Greenlandic Climate Change Case StudyFall/Spring, 3 Credits Examine the natural science aspects of climate change during the prehistoric time with focus on the glacial and the glaciation. You will examine climate mitigation and adaptation strategies through the study of past climate developments, especially throughout previous ice ages.Week-Long Study Tour: Greenland Core Course Week: Study tour to Eastern Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen Prerequisites: One semester of environmental science or earth science at university level. One year of physics or chemistry at university level is highly recommended. Polar Biology Fall/Spring, 3 Credits Gain an understanding of the biology of polar areas, with a special emphasis on the Northern Hemisphere. You will further understand how organisms of the polar regions are evolutionarily adapted to cold terrestrial or marine habitats with strong seasonality. Week-Long Study Tour: Norway Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen Prerequisites: One semester of environmental or earth science at university level. One semester of biology or ecology is highly recommended. Visit our website for a complete list of the 250 additional electives available to you!
Analyze the legal aspects and political context behind major modern conflicts and human rights violations in Europe, enhancing your knowledge of international law and human rights.IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?It’s a good fit if you study:GovernmentHuman RightsInternational RelationsLegal StudiesPolitical ScienceCORE COURSE Humanitarian Law and Armed ConflictFall/Spring, 3 Credits This course is an examination of the laws of armed conflict and human rights laws and how they apply to contemporary cases. The course finds inspiration in current events, and enables you to analyze issues such as the war against ISIS, the use of drones, and cyberattacks in a legal context. You gain a thorough understanding of the legal aspects that regulate modern conflicts and understand how they interact with the political environment.Week-Long Study Tour: Kosovo (Fall) or Bosnia (Spring) Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen Prerequisites: A course in international relations or human rights at university level. Visit our website for a full list of over 250 additional elective courses!
Northern European healthcare systems are currently facing rising costs, aging populations, and socio-economic inequality. Analyze and debate these challenges and their interplay with the organization, financing, and prioritization within the systems.IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?This program is right for you, if you study public health, public policy, or health science, or wish to pursue a graduate degree or future career in the health professions.CORE COURSEHealth Delivery and PrioritizationFall/Spring, 3 Credits Different countries choose different approaches to the provision of healthcare. Through this course, you gain insight into how healthcare is organized and financed in Denmark and Northern Europe, and you investigate the impact of the social, economic, and political history on the present systems. You analyze principles of priority-setting in health care, and discuss and assess possible solutions to challenges such as aging populations, inequality in health and rising healthcare expenditures.Week-Long Study Tour: Helsinki-Tallinn Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen Visit our website for a full list of over 250 additional elective courses!
Urban StudiesDiscover how the city has become the focal point for cultural expression, social change, and political tension. Often symbolizing freedom and upward mobility, the city promises a better life while also creating challenges and fears. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTSUse Copenhagen as your classroom on field studies that explore its dramatic urban change from the development of a welfare state to a cutting-edge, sustainable, resilient, and livable city Travel with your faculty and classmates on course-integrated study tours to compare how cities develop their infrastructure in Eastern and Western EuropeEngage in a dynamic dialogue with a variety of guest lecturers including local historians, sociologists, and urban plannersSTUDENT PROFILEThis program is right for you if you study urban design, urban studies, politics, or sociology and wish to examine contemporary cities through a multidisciplinary academic lens. CORE COURSEThe European Urban Experience: Why Cities MatterFall/Spring, 3 Credits Cities are both creative and destructive friction machines, full of contradictory tensions, goals, and visions about what constitutes the good life. This course examines the driving forces of this friction within a European context, including social, economic, environmental, technical, cultural, historical, and spatial influences. Week-Long Study Tour: Budapest-Vienna Core Course Week: Study tour to Northern Germany + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen Visit our website for a full list of over 250 additional elective courses!
In Scandinavia, the built environment considers people, community, and well-being. Engage in explorations of Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies, combining strong traditions with the contemporary energy of new-wave architects and designers.STUDENT PROFILEWhether you are from a professional school of architecture or design, or have a liberal arts background and seek to build your foundations in architecture and design, two tracks of each core course theme ensure there is a fitting level for you. You should be ready to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and invest time outside of studio hours developing projects. CORE COURSE OPTIONSArchitectureFall/Spring, 6 Credits Architecture Design Studio: In this studio you engage in an exploration of Danish and Scandinavian design practice through challenging assignments addressing real sites and issues in and around Copenhagen. Studio groups combine students of different levels and backgrounds. This course is taught vertically, and expectations relate to you as an individual student.Architecture Foundations Studio: You develop design skills through analysis of existing buildings and by solving realistic architectural problems in a Danish context. In studio projects, you construct spatial models in physical and digital media and advance your communication skills in expressing abstract concepts. Studios are taught vertically, combining students of different levels. Expectations relate to you as an individual student.Interior ArchitectureSpring Only, 6 Credits Interior Architecture Studio: Studio focuses on interior architectural design in a Danish context and developing a concept and project design within an existing structure. You create a design concept shaping interior space and user experience. Adaptive reuse and transformation features are among the prioritized challenges in which you engage. Studio groups combine students of different levels and backgrounds. This course is taught vertically, and expectations relate to you as an individual student.Interior Architecture Foundations Studio: You develop design skills through analysis of existing interiors and by solving realistic design problems in a Danish context. In studio projects, you construct spatial models in physical and digital media, and advance your communication skills to express abstract concepts. Studios are taught vertically, combining students of different levels. Expectations relate to you as an individual student.Urban DesignFall/Spring, 6 Credits Urban Design Studio: Using Copenhagen as a laboratory, you solve realistic problems using analytical and design methods specifically devised for urban design and landscape issues. Some sections in studio focus on issues of human scale, temporary use, and sustainable design. Studio groups combine students of different levels and background. This course is taught vertically, and expectations relate to you as an individual student.Urban Design Foundations Studio: This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the field of urban design, and develop your creative design skills in a studio setting. Design projects are the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills. You work in physical and digital media to construct spatial models and further your graphic and verbal communication skills in conveying abstract spatial concepts. Studios are taught vertically, combining students of different levels. Expectations relate to you as an individual student.CORE COURSE STUDY TOURS All studios travel on interdisciplinary study tours to the following destinations: Week-Long Study Tour (Preference of): Germany-Switzerland or Finland-Sweden Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen (full-year students travel to Berlin in spring) PREREQUISITES All studios have prerequisites based on the level of the studio: Studio Courses: Enrollment at a professional school or department of architecture or design at the junior or senior level. Completion of a minimum of two spatial design studios at university level. Foundation Studio Courses: Documented background in fine arts or studio art, or completion of a course in drawing at university level. Visit our website to view the full course list of over 250 additional electives!
Explore the impact of globalization on European economies. Critically examine and apply theories of international trade, capital, and finance to contemporary case studies.IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?It’s a good fit if you study:EconomicsFinanceGovernmentInternational RelationsCORE COURSEGlobalization and European EconomiesFall/Spring, 3 Credits You explore globalization and its impact on trade, capital, culture, and politics around the world. A particular focus is on European economies and challenges faced by the EU and its neighbors. You gain a deeper knowledge of theories within the field, and go on to apply and challenge economic thinking through discussions, Field Studies, and Study Tours.Week-Long Study Tour (Preference of): Brussels-Paris or Moscow Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen Prerequisites: One course each in macro- and microeconomics, and one course in either intermediate or advanced macroeconomics, all at university level. Visit our website for a complete list of 250 additional elective courses!