DIS Copenhagen - Philosophy

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DIS Copenhagen - Philosophy

Philosophy 
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. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 
  • 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 

STUDENT PROFILE 
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. 

CORE COURSE

Religious Mythos and Philosophical Logos 
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits 
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 

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Subjects

  • Philosophy

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How are security threats defined and responded to in a changing Europe? Explore the complexity of European security and intelligence dilemmas.

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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 
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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. 

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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. 

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Fall/Spring, 6 Credits 

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CORE COURSE STUDY TOURS 

All studios travel on interdisciplinary study tours to the following destinations: 
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PREREQUISITES 

All studios have prerequisites based on the level of the studio: 
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