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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DIS Copenhagen - Architecture & Design

In Scandinavia, the built environment is for people. Engage in explorations of Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies, combining strong traditions with the contemporary energy of new wave architects and designers. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Explore and apply Danish and Scandinavian design philosophies and practices, and expand your knowledge of design processes, giving you a competitive edge in a globalized world 
  • Field studies, office visits, and introductions by studio faculty to classic and contemporary precedents serve as a fundamental basis for your own design development in studio 
  • Challenging assignments addressing real sites in and around Copenhagen enhance your design skills and methods 

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

Architecture
Fall/Spring, 6 Credits 

Architecture Design Studio: This studio is a combination of one-on-one tutoring, discussions, and lectures in studio. Your assignments will focus on design from the context of Danish and Scandinavian building culture, and you will develop your design process and presentation skills from concept to final crits. 

Architecture Foundations Studio: This studio offers you an opportunity to develop design skills, giving you a foundation in spatial design; a perfect core course if you might pursue a graduate degree in architecture. 

Interior Architecture
Spring Only, 6 Credits 

Interior Architecture Studio: You will develop your design skills through the analysis of existing interiors and their materials, use of daylight, colors, and functional solutions, and through solving real-life spatial interior architectural problems within the Danish context. Adaptive re-use and transformation features are among the prioritized challenges in which you will engage. 

Interior Architecture Foundations Studio: This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of, and professional skills within, the interior architecture and design fields prior to pursuing a graduate degree. 

Urban Design
Fall/Spring, 6 Credits 

Urban Design Studio: This studio is a combination of one-on-one tutoring, discussions, and lectures in studio, focusing on human scale, temporary use, design for the livable city, and landscape architecture in the urban context. Project-based assignments will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills. 

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 will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills. 

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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DIS Copenhagen - Urban Studies

Discover 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 HIGHLIGHTS
  • Use 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 Europe
  • Engage in a dynamic dialogue with a variety of guest lecturers including local historians, sociologists, and urban planners

STUDENT PROFILE
This 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 COURSE

Fall/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 

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