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Summer courses 2019

 

The Faculty of Theology offers two summer course in summer 2019. The summer courses are open to international students as well as Danish students. Venue: Faculty of Theology, Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

Please find information about the course, tuition fees, application and accommodation below.

Kierkegaard – The Individual in Global Society
3rd of July to 24th of July 2019 - part of the UCPH International Summer Programme

Privacy challenged in past, present and future: a multi-disciplinary approach
12th of August to 23rd of August 2019
- part of the IARU alliance 

 

 

Kierkegaard – The Individual in Global Society: July 2019 

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

Exam
Please see the Course Details above for exam information.

Privacy challenged in past, present and future: a multi-disciplinary approach (12th of August to 23rd of August 2019)

Everybody agrees that privacy is essential, but no authoritative definition exists. Notions of privacy and private concern the confrontation between the individual and his or her surroundings and the boundaries drawn in this context. Recent technological innovations have incited a general concern with privacy, but also narrowed our understanding. We associate privacy with data protection and consider it as a value that is relevant only for our age. 

Privacy, however, has deep historical roots. When we study privacy across the gap between past and present, we gain a better sense of the rich and complex implications of the evasive term ‘private’ which is the opposite not only of ‘public’, but also of ‘professional’, ‘common’ and ‘evident’. A multi-perspectival view shows how notions of privacy past and present shape and are shaped by a broad range of societal factors.

This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to privacy past and present. The course will introduce the students to a broad array of approaches and analytical skills. It will teach them to examine how delineations of privacy permeate widely different dimensions of Western culture, while opening a view towards a global perspective and discussing if, where and how privacy can be protected in the future. Bridging the gap between past and present, the course introduces a new approach both to historical studies and to studies of contemporary culture and society.

Among the topics treated in the course are:

  • Privacy and surveillance: from early modern Quartermasters to the tracking of digital footprints
  • Privacy and citizen archives: from parish registers to DNA-registers
  • Privacy in society: from potential societal threat to human right
  • Privacy and the self: subjectivity past and present
  • Architectural framing of private space: from communal alcoves to glass facades
  • Politics and diplomacy between public and private: from princely mirrors to tweeting presidents
  • Representing privacy: art, theater, literature 

The students’ different backgrounds will be used as the point of departure for a global perspective on privacy. 

Delivery method and learning outcome

Classes include lectures, discussions and group work. After completion of the course, the students will have learned analytical skills suited to a broad range of materials; have been trained to work across different periods and societal contexts; and, finally, have experienced an open and inquisitive scholarly atmosphere.

Literature

Chartier, Roger with Philippe Ariès and Georges Duby (eds), A History of Private Life, Volume III: Passions of the Renaissance (Harvard; Belknap Press, 1989)

Rössler, Beate, The Value of Privacy (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014)

Sloot, Bart van der and Aviva de Groot (eds), The Handbook of Privacy Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018)

Centre for Privacy Studies https://teol.ku.dk/privacy/

Course Details 2019 (coming soon)

Field Trip
Fieldtrip: Canal tour by boat/walking; Holmen and Christianshavn; Copenhagen private architecture past and present; Privacy at Hirschsprung’s Samling.

Who can benefit from this course?
The course aims at students interested in history, literature, media and communications, art history, law, philosophy, religion, theology, architecture and social science, though all disciplines are welcome. This course is open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students as well as first year graduate students. You must have completed 120 ECTS points before the summer course begins.

Credits: 7.5 ECTS 

Exam
The assessment is based on two parts:

Course participation: Active class attendance (75% attendance). Active course participation is a prerequisite for writing the exam paper.

Written examination: Requirements for undergraduate students: A written paper of 16,800 – 21,600 characters approx. 7-9 pages (formally, 2400 characters per page, including spaces), based on 250-300 pages of primary literature. Requirements for graduate students: A written paper of 19,200 – 24,000 characters approx. 8-10 pages (formally, 2400 characters per page, including spaces), based on 450-600 pages of primary literature. Assessment: Danish 7-point grading scale and ECTS letter grading scale. 

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

 

Application
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.


Accommodation

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.

Insurance
Please refer to: https://studies.ku.dk/welcome/living-in-copenhagen/health-and-safety/insurance/

Contact
Please contact us by email: international@teol.ku.dk