Urban Culture in Theory and Action

Course content

During this summer school in the heart of Copenhagen, students from across the world get an opportunity to move from analysing problems in urban societies to creating possible solutions and identifying potentials in urban space by formulating and planning research-based projects.

Organized in collaboration with Strøm music festival and other partners in Copenhagen, the summer school combines academic theory with the experiences and know-how of seasoned practitioners to help the students formulate, plan and execute cultural or social projects in urban space. The aim of the course is thus to give students the tools for translating their academic skills and knowledge into concrete projects for change in cities.

During the summer school course, students immerse in theories of urban culture, the social production of space and cultural interventions in urban space. Students will be trained in identifying and discussing problems and potentials relating to culture and urban societies; formulating research-based projects for implementation; and applying knowledge about social entrepreneurship and innovation processes.

The summer school is organized around case-based learning by focusing on a specific site in Copenhagen as a laboratory for exploration. The teaching 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, activists, social entrepreneurs, municipal authorities and private businesses, as well as with urban theorists.

We also offer another summer school, Cultural Production and Urban Space, but since they are taking place simultaneously, it will unfortunately not be possible to attend both summer schools.


Programme curriculum for the Bachelor’s elective study in Global Urban Studies, 2019 curriculum

Programme curriculum for the Master’s elective study in Global Urban Studies, 2019 curriculum

Bacehelor’s and Master’s students from any discipline with an interest in cities, culture and society are encouraged to apply. The course is open to Danish as well as to international students..

Learning outcome

BA Elective in Global Urban Studies (Bacherlor tilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2019-ordningen):

Urban Culture in Theory and Action (aktivitetskode HTÆB10221E)

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies (Kandidattilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2019-ordningen):

Urban Culture in Theory and Action (aktivitetskode HTÆK13001E)

The program consists of lectures and talks by scholars of standing; seminars and group tutorials run by the summer school team; and numerous workshops, field trips and fieldwork assignments, organized by external partners including Strøm music festival.

A text corpus will be specified for accepted students by May. It is expected that students read all the required text material before the summer school

Good English skills required.

Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Short courses / Copenhagen Summer University

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 262,5
  • Lectures
  • 80
  • English
  • 412,5