Valgfag (Summer 18): The Individual in the Global Society 4-25 July


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 primary theme of the course is Kierkegaard’s witty but 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 examines 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.


Course Details 2018


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.


For more information, see here:

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The Individual in the Global Society




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