TORS, Crisis and Transition: Environmental Humanities in a Global World (Summer School) (S21)

Course content

It is becoming increasingly clear that “hard” science alone cannot solve the global environmental problems such as climate change, nature degradation, biodiversity loss etc. In a world where social practices and cultural values, traditions and imaginaries shape and frame the way people lead their lives, our concept of environmentally relevant and crisis-mitigating knowledge must be broadened. Ecological injustice, the interaction between people and new green and old “dirty” technologies, global systems of exchange of knowledge, cross-cultural translations of sustainability policies such as the UN SDGs as well as narratives about and aesthetic expressions of a global crisis are all aspects that call for investigations and solutions from the humanities. 

In this summer school, we will investigate social and cultural aspects of the environmental crisis and sustainable transitions. Specifically, we will explore how methods and theories from the humanities can be mobilized to understand the crisis and facilitate sustainable transitions while at the same time taking into account the particular and varied local, regional and transnational manifestations of the environmental crisis.

Summer school students will be introduced to a selection of relevant theoretical perspectives from within the humanities ranging from anthropology and cultural studies to history and philosophy. The summer school will further train students to employ a range of humanistic methods; ethnographic methods (e.g. participant observation and interviews), discourse analysis, and visual analysis.

During the summer school, a core team of researchers alongside selected guest lecturers will guide students through methods and theories. While lectures from professionals and field trips to organizations working with environmental crisis-mitigation and sustainable transitions in society at large will give students a practitioner’s perspective.

Thus, students will engage with a broad range of actors both inside and outside the university and will be trained in applying their theoretical and methodological knowledge in practice through group projects.

NOTE! The summer school will accommodate both physical and online participation. The physical participation will allow the students to experience the intense social and academic environment of a summer school. Online participation will allow students that are prevented from participating physically (due to, for example, COVID19 travel restrictions, lack of travel funds etc.) to attend the course. Physical and online participation will be valued equally.


Offered by:

  • Programme curriculum The Bachelor’s elective study in Cross-Cultural Studies 2019
  • Programme curriculum The Master’s elective study in Cross-Cultural Studies 2019


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

Learning outcome

Bachelortilvalget i tværkulturelle studier, 2019
Tværkulturelt Emne 6 (Aktivitetskode: HTÆB10211E)

Kandidattilvalget i tværkulturelle studier, 2019
Tværkulturelt Emne 6 (Aktivitetskode: HTÆK13151E)

The program consists of lectures and talks by scholars of standing; group work, field trips and fieldwork assignments outside the university. The summer school is based on collaborative learning and students will work in groups to formulate their own project.

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: https:/​/​​education/​summer/​

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

Short courses / Summer school

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