Study European philosophy, past and present. This program places you at the European roots of wonder and awe, and gives you an understanding of both the history of ideas and critical contemporary discourse.
Understand philosophical theories and develop the ability to articulate your own philosophical views, which will challenge you to take part in ongoing intellectual exploration
Travel with your class and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours, where you will follow the steps of great continental European thinkers and discover the locales that saw the birth of some of the world’s most significant ideas
Meet with local university students and experts to discuss continental philosophy, and further your understanding of material debated in class
This program is right for you if you study philosophy, religious studies, classics, or ethics with a strong interest in the thinking of classical Greece and the ideas of continental European philosophy. Be prepared to grapple with challenging content as you gain skills in navigating demanding texts.
Explore the function of myth and the emergence of the rational philosophical mind. We begin with the great poets, philosophers, and prophets of Ancient Greece, including Homer, Sophocles, and Plato, and conclude with works from the modern continental thinkers: Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.
Week-Long Study Tour: Athens
Core Course Week: Study tour to Northern Germany-Western Denmark + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Build analytical skills focused around legal thinking and acquire tools to understand how legal methods can be applied in real-life examples using Danish and international case studies
Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours where you come face-to-face with current political tensions and issues of national identity
Engage with experts in the field and discuss international conflicts, bringing professional perspectives to the classroom
The program is right for you if you are pre-law, or study political science, international relations, government, human rights, or global studies. The real world experience you will gain in this course is highly valuable if you are interested in applying to law school.
Examine human rights and the laws of armed conflict as they apply to contemporary conflicts. Analyze current events such as piracy off the coast of Somalia, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and recent European armed conflicts in a legal context. Develop an understanding of the legal aspects regulating modern conflicts and 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.