Summer Course 2019 – University of Copenhagen

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Summer courses 2019


The Faculty of Theology offers a summer course in July 2019 as part of the UCPH International Summer Programme. The summer course is open to international students as well as Danish students. Please find information about the course, tuition fees, application and accommodation below.

Courses 2019:

Kierkegaard – The Individual in Global Society (the 3rd of July to the 24th of July 2019)


Kierkegaard – The Individual in Global Society: July 2019 
Faculty of Theology, Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 Copenhagen S

Once again, the Faculty of Theology and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre are pleased to offer a course on the thought of Søren Kierkegaard in his hometown and at his own university. In this concentrated summer course, you will study alongside students from Denmark as well as countries throughout the world.

The summer course is a study of the works of Copenhagen’s most radical author, the “father of existentialism,” Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855). Kierkegaard’s entire authorship is centered around the existential project that every human being is confronted with: to become oneself and none other than oneself. And as he sees it, becoming oneself does not happen passively and is never achieved once and for all, but requires constant effort. He thus often describes this project as one of taking responsibility for “choosing,” “gaining,” or “becoming oneself.”

This course examines his witty, humorous, but also deeply earnest exploration of the psychology of self identity. Kierkegaard’s thoughts about the struggle for personhood take us through perhaps unexpected territories: beginning with the breakdown of culture-specific ethnic and religious that have traditionally defined the self, he explores the culturally destructive power of Socrates’ irony, the art of seduction, theories of beauty and boredom, a scathing critique of religious culture and politics, religious demands that conflict with ethical duty, the joy of being embodied here and now, and finally, love.

We will remain especially attentive to the ways in which Kierkegaard’s thought is critical of inherited ethnic and cultural definitions of self, and why he nonetheless considers human relationships to be absolutely essential to understanding oneself and one’s obligations to other human beings. 

Course Details 2019

Field Trip
Toward the beginning of the course, students will enjoy a subsidized weekend study tour to the northern part of the island of Sjælland, where we will visit Hillerød, Gribskov forest, Gilleleje, and Helsingør to see some of the sites that Kierkegaard incorporates into his literary production. You may choose either a bike trip or an excursion on foot. We will read relevant passages from Kierkegaard’s works at the various sites.

Teaching and learning methods
In general, class will take the form of a lecture followed by a dialogue between instructor and the students. Readings will be assigned for each class and the discussions will focus on these readings. Instruction will be in English, and we will refer to English translations of Kierkegaard during class, but you are welcome to read and consult translations in your native language.

Who can benefit from this course?
This course is open to third or fourth year undergraduate students as well as first year graduate students. You must have completed 120 ECTS points before the summer course begins. The course aims at students interested in philosophy, theology, literature and social sciences, though all disciplines are welcome; a background in philosophy is not required.

Credits: 15 ECTS

Please see the Course Details above for exam information.


Tuition fees

Applicant status

7.5 ECTS courses

15 ECTS courses

Students enrolled at University of Copenhagen and other non-tuition-paying students enrolled at a Danish university

No tuition fee

No tuition fee

Tuition-fee-paying students enrolled at a Danish University

Tuition fee is   DKK 4,000

Tuition fee is   DKK 8,000

Students and non-students from EU/EEA countries and non-students from Denmark

Tuition fee is   DKK 1,875

Tuition fee is   DKK 3,750

Students from EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA countries with a permanent Danish residence permit

Tuition fee is   DKK 1,875

Tuition fee is   DKK 3,750

Students from non-EU/EEA countries without a permanent Danish residence permit

Tuition fee is   DKK 4,000

Tuition fee is   DKK 8,000


First application deadline: 1 April 2019

  • If you are a non-Danish citizen, you must apply before this deadline.
  • Also note that housing can only be booked via the UCPH Housing Foundation (see below) if you apply for the summer course before 1 April 2019. You must apply for the accommodation manually in addition to applying for the summer course.
  • If you apply for the summer course after 1 April 2019, then you must arrange for your own accommodation.

Second application deadline in case of available seats: 1 June 2019

  • Please note that it will not be possible to apply for accommodation via the UCPH Housing Foundation if you apply for the summer course after 1 April 2019.

Application form 

In order to be eligible for the summer course, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • You must be enrolled at a university at the time of the summer course, and have completed studies equivalent of at least 120 ECTS points.
  • If you are not enrolled at a university at the time of the summer course, you must hold a university degree, either a bachelor's degree, a master's degree or a professional master's degree, AND you must be a citizen of a European Union-membership country.


Housing will be available for international students through the UCPH Housing Foundation. If you apply for the summer course before the first deadline (1 April), then you can also choose to apply for accommodation via the UCPH Housing Foundation. 
Please note that the application for the summer course and the application for accommodation are two seperate applications.

If you apply for accommodation, and you are accepted into the summer course, then you will receive an email from the UCPH Housing Foundation in May with an invitation to book the accommodation through their online system. The available housing is typically single rooms in a student dormitory with access to kitchen/cooking equipment.

It will not be possible to book housing through the UCPH Housing Foundation if applying after the first application deadline.

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