Søren Kierkegaard: The Individual in Global Society

Course content

Once again the Faculty of Theology and the Centre of Søren Kierkegaard give you the opportunity to study Kierkegaard during summer, where you will meet students from many different countries.

The course takes a Danish perspective on common existential themes by reading the world famous local philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, in his home town and at his own university.

The main topic of the course is Søren Kierkegaard's witty and deeply earnest exploration of the problem of self-identity. Beginning with the breakdown of culture-specific ethnic and religious categories that have traditionally defined the self, the course treats Kierkegaard's scathing critique of religious culture and politics, his view that religious demands can conflict with seemingly universal ethical duties, and his assertion that the look of the Other is a defining factor in self-identity.

Field Trip

Toward the beginning of the course, students will enjoy a partly sponsored weekend bike trip to Gilleleje, Gribskov, Søborgsø, and Helsingør to see some of the sites Kierkegaard incorporates into his authorship. We will read passages from Kierkegaard at the various sites.

One aim of the weekend tour is to help the students get to know each other better. Their familiarity with each other beyond the classroom encourages them to ask questions in class, and creates an atmosphere in which they feel free to debate and discuss Kierkegaard's thoughts.

Learning Outcomes

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 discussion led by the instructor will focus on this reading. Classes are in English.

Who can benefit from this course?

This course is open to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students and 1st year graduate students.  The course aims at students interested in religion, philosophy, theology etc. All disciplines are welcome, no background in Philosophy is required.

Tuition fees

  • Students enrolled at University of Copenhagen and other non-tuition-paying students enrolled at a Danish university: no tuition fee


Application deadline 1 June 2016 / 2017

Download Application form here

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Marking scale
passed/not passed

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28