DIS Copenhagen - Environmental Science of the Arctic

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DIS Copenhagen - Environmental Science of the Arctic

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 HIGHLIGHTS
  • Use 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 PROFILE
This 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 Study
Fall/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 Study
Fall/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!

Subjects

  • Earth Sciences
  • Geology
  • Environmental Studies

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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 PROFILE
Whether 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 OPTIONS

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Fall/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 Architecture
Spring 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 Design
Fall/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. 

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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 COURSE

Fall/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 

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