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HDCB01052U  DCC Søren Kierkegaard and the Challenge of Existence Volume 2016/2017

Course information

LanguageEnglish
Credit15 ECTS
LevelBachelor
Duration1 semester
Placement
Spring
Schedule
tba
Course capacity60
Continuing and further education
Study boardStudy Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting department
  • SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Course responsible
  • Per Methner Rasmussen (3-737075436b7870316e7831676e)
Lecturers
Ulrich Martin Knappe
Saved on the 12-04-2016
Education

Danish Culture Courses

Content

Kierkegaard and the Challenge of Existence is a course in English for all International Students offered each semester. Søren Kierkegaard is a fascinating and famous Danish philosopher/writer – in fact, the only Danish thinker of undisputed international rank and legend. Apart from being considered as the “father of existentialism”, his unorthodox ideas are discussed in and can be connected to virtually every subject area within the humanities.

Kierkegaard’s works revolve around basic human experiences such as lust, despair, anxiety, love, morality, passion, absurdity and god. In particular, Kierkegaard claimed to present a complete summary of the possible ways in which we can live our lives or exist. At the same time, he analyzed and criticized these ways thoroughly in order to judge to what extent they may give us a true point of orientation.

Every lecture presupposes a short reading of not more than five pages and will provide sufficient room for discussion where we raise fundamental questions such as what we can at all know, how we should at all be and act and what we can at all hope for as finite human beings. It is the past experience and our very stimulus that students from different disciplines profit from one another.

The course also integrates a City Walk, which can be characterized as a walk through Kierkegaard’s odd personal life as well as the screening of the momentous and deeply “Kierkegaardian” Danish movie Breaking the Waves / Lars von Trier.

The lectures do not presuppose specialized knowledge and will introduce the respective themes without jargon. Kierkegaard’s ideas are original and never belong to one genre only, so that the course is indeed eligible to students of all majors. Essays can be composed freely, but need to be submitted in English. To change the exam language to German an exemption is required. Individual student-counseling of the lecturer will be available.


www.culturecourse.ku.dk

Name of Exam: HDCB01051E Danish Literature and Philosophy in Context of Danish Culture and Society.

 

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and excursions
Formal requirements
The course is only offered to exchange and guest students at the University of Copenhagen.
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Registration form will be available at the beginning of October online at www.culturecourse.ku.dk

Exam (HDCB01051E Danish Literature and Philosophy in ...)
Credit15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
AidAll aids allowed
Marking scale7-point grading scale
Censorship formNo external censorship
Workload
CategoryHours
Lectures20
Excursions5
Total25
Saved on the 12-04-2016

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