COP3 - Urban Culture in Theory and Action
8 August 2016 – 20 August 2016
Hosted by University of Copenhagen
This summer school presents students with a unique opportunity to experience urban culture in theory and action in Copenhagen
The program focuses on cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation in the city by combining urban theory with hands-on practice. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and field trips, the student will engage with cultural practitioners, social activists and urban theorists. Bringing academic knowledge of urban life together with empirical know-how generated by actors, the program do-it-yourself approach will help students develop their own ideas into project proposals that can inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in their home cities.
The program is tied together with the simultaneous STRØM electronic music festival and embedded within Copenhagen’s alternative spaces, including the co-creative community PB43.
Using Copenhagen as a laboratory for studying the creative and innovative use or development of urban space, the summer school also opens up to cross-cultural and global perspectives through presentations of research from Asia and the Middle East.
Target Audience/ Prerequisites
The target audience is Master students, but the course is open to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students and graduate students.
Master students from any discipline with an interest in cities and culture are encouraged to apply. Good English skills are required.
After enrollment, students must no later than 27 July 2016 submit an outline (max. 250 words) of an idea for a cultural or social project (e.g. an alternative use of public space, a community development initiative, a festival, event, happening, exhibition, installation, performance, showcase, competition, intervention etc. – all creative ideas are welcome). Students will then be paired in groups based on the affinity of their project ideas, and together, they will develop hypothetical projects.
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
The program consists of lectures and talks by Danish and international scholars of standing; seminars and group tutorials run by the summer school team; and field trips and fieldwork assignments outside the university.
Students are expected to:
- Be prepared by having studied the required reading before the summer school begins;
- Attend all sessions;
- Actively participate in group work, discussions and field trips.
The program seeks to cultivate a knowledge of:
- Relevant problems in the study of the relationship between cities and culture;
- Practical approaches to entrepreneurship, social innovation and project work in networks, businesses, organizations and institutions engaged with urban culture and space;
- Creative, innovative and artistic approaches to change, development and improvement of urban societies, particularly the alternative use of urban space.
Students should develop general skills in:
- Applying relevant theories, methods and tools of the program in project development;
- Identifying, analyzing and understanding the potentials and challenges contained within a city or a specific urban space;
- Contributing to creative processes in new or established networks, businesses, organizations and institutions.
Students will be trained in:
- Formulating and presenting an idea for an urban cultural entrepreneurship or social innovation project;
- Discussing the idea in relation to cross-cultural and comparative perspectives.
Active participation, understood as:
1. Active class attendance (75% attendance as documented in the attendance records);
2. Submission of project idea (see Prerequisites) no later than 27 July 2016;
3. Participation in group work, including:
- Submission of group project synopsis (5 pages); and
- Oral presentation of project proposal (5-10 minutes pr. group member)
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
7,5 ECTS (30 credits is a full semester load)
70 total contact hours (classroom) + 20 field trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Rasmus Christian Elling (Assistant Professor) and several guest lecturers, entrepreneurial experts and cultural practitioners from Denmark and abroad TBA
Accommodation is available through http://housingfoundation.ku.dk and/or http://studies.ku.dk/summer/housing-for-summer-course , where:
Students must arrive by Friday, 5 August 2016.
Students will be able to check in from Monday, 1 August 2016.
Check-out date Wednesday, 31 August 2016.
Students have the option to stay longer upon request.
However students may find accommodation on their own, but must arrive one day prior course start.
Figures are estimates only. Click on each item for details.
IARU students whose home university has a GSP exchange agreement with the University of Copenhagen – no tuition fees (ANU, ETH, NUS, UTokyo)
Students from EU/EEA countries: Tuition fee is DKK 1,500
Students from non-EU/EEA countries without a permanent Danish residence permit: Tuition fee is DKK 6,875
AccommodationMonthly rate approximately DKK 4,500 - 7,500. Deposit: one month’s rent.
Field TripApproximately DKK 300-400
Living ExpensesApprox. DKK 1,500 - 2,500 /month
Visa FeesOnly for students from non EU/EEA and non-visa waiving countries visit https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/visa/visa.htm
Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)
Further required Application Material
The applicants are encouraged to write and submit a letter of motivation that can indicate areas of interest and plans for future studies.