Urban Culture in Theory and Action

Course content

This summer school, running 12 days in August (for the precise dates please consult http://urban.tors.ku.dk/summerschools/), presents the students with a unique opportunity to try their hand at urban cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation right in the heart of Copenhagen City.

Organized together with Strøm music festival and other local actors, the summer school combines academic theory with hands-on practice, using a specific area of Copenhagen as laboratory for creative and innovative solutions to actual problems or for identifying hidden potentials connected to urban space. This case-based learning approach is underpinned by a do-it-yourself philosophy and a cross-cultural perspective on urban development.

By means of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and field trips, students in groups will engage with a range of actors, including cultural practitioners, grassroots activists, social entrepreneurs, municipal authorities and private businesses as well as with urban theorists. Bringing academic knowledge of urban life together with empirical and practical know-how, the students develop their own ideas into project proposals. These proposals, in turn, can inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in the students’ home cities.


Master’s level in Global Urban Studies the 2015 curriculum

Masters students from any discipline interested in urban studies.

Learning outcome

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies (Kandidattilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2015-ordningen):

Urban Culture in Theory and Action (Bykultur i Teori og Handling), HTÆK03361E.

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.

A text corpus and/or course book will be specified for accepted students by May 1st. It is expected that students read all the required text material before the summer school.

After enrolment, 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.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Short courses / Copenhagen Summer University

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 24
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Lectures
  • 22
  • Colloquia
  • 15
  • Practical exercises
  • 10
  • Project work
  • 21
  • Guidance
  • 12
  • English
  • 205