Experience Europe through a literary lens as you read, discuss, and analyze some of the continent’s finest authors and poets. Join contemporary discussions in literary studies and gain unique insight by focusing on the interrelation between text and place.
Meet with Danish and Russian contemporary authors, poets, and scholars, and build the analytical framework to articulate your own critical voice in an ongoing literary conversation
Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to walk in the footsteps of prominent writers and their protagonists, and experience cities as places haunted by myths and intertextual references
Discover the literary underground scene of Copenhagen by engaging in the city’s many readings, festivals, and literary venues
This program is right for you if you study literature, English, or related disciplines with a strong interest in the great works of European literature.
Explore the interrelation between place and text to introduce new perspectives on European literature. You will engage in dialogue on some of the great voices of Europe, from Dostoevsky to contemporary Nordic and post-communist authors.
Week-Long Study Tour: St. Petersburg
Core Course Week: Study tour to Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen
Prostitution is legal in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but each country has vastly different approaches and policies regarding sex work. Delve into how national cultures construct their own narratives about sex, gender, and rights, and how they grapple with conflicting views on sex for sale.
Use Copenhagen as your case study with guest lecturers and class visits to the city’s Red Light District and organizations such as Reden (The Nest), a drop-in facility for Danish sex workers
Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to talk with former sex workers, customers, and NGOs for trafficked women to compare and contrast how prostitution is legally and socially approached
Mirror decision makers within the Danish government in a final panel debate on controversial topics such as prohibiting prostitution, legalizing it, and the criminalization of the customer
This program is right for you if study gender studies, women’s studies, sociology, anthropology, human rights, international relations, and/or are interested in a career in law, academia, or social work.
Focus on prostitution as a parallel or grey economy in Europe. You will gain insight into the historical, cultural, and political aspects of prostitution in Scandinavia and Europe. You will also examine prostitution from various perspectives – from sex workers, customers, and anti-trafficking advocacy groups, to law enforcement officials and politicians.
Week-Long Study Tour: Amsterdam-The Hague
Core Course Week: Study tour to Southern Sweden + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen
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.
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
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.
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