TORS, Cultural Production and Urban Space (Summer School) (S21)

Course content

This summer school puts cultural production and event-making in urban space under the analytical scrutiny of critical urban theory. The summer school aims to enable students to examine and assess the role of the cultural industry, broadly speaking, within existing political paradigms of urban development such as “creative cities”, “liveability” and “the experience economy” of cities.

Through theoretical perspectives and urban ethnographic methods, students will learn to analyse the symbolic, emotional and socioeconomic dimensions of cultural production in urban space through fieldwork and workshops organised in collaboration with our partners, including the electronic music and event organisation Strøm.

The summer school thus provides students with an opportunity to engage critically with experienced cultural producers operating in urban space and learn about the different problems, potentials and considerations connected to urban cultural production.The summer school is centred on a case-based learning approach and through workshops, lectures and field trips, the students will be immersed in theoretical perspectives as well as public debate, learn from practitioners, and gain experience in analysing urban cultural production through case studies and fieldwork.

The summer school will take place from the 26th of July to 7th of August 2021 (incl. Saturdays and only excl. Sundays; please note that as a student, you will be busy every day for the duration of the summer school and should not plan other activities).

NOTE! Until further notice, the summer school will be held physically in Copenhagen but if needed, the summer school can be rearranged as a partly or fully online course to accommodate existing covid-19 guidelines at the time. A rearrangement to an online format can affect the content of the summer school.

The course is offered through the Global Urban Studies Electives ( and is open to all BA and MA-level students who will be awarded 7.5 ECTS upon passing the exam.


Offered by:

  • Programme curriculum The Bachelor’s elective study in Global Urban Studies 2019
  • Programme curriculum The Master’s elective study in Global Urban Studies 2019


Students from any discipline interested in urban studies from Humanities-anchored and interdisciplinary approaches.

Learning outcome

BA Elective in Global Urban Studies 2019
Specialized Urban Topic B (Activity code: HTÆB10251E)

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies 2019
Specialized Urban Topic B (Activity code: HTÆK13031E)

The program consists of lectures and talks by scholars of standing, group work and tutorials, workshops, field trips and fieldwork assignments, some of which is 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

For information on enrollment, please see:

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Short courses / Summer school

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 124,25
  • Excursions
  • 40
  • English
  • 206,25