HTÆK0336SU Urban Culture in Theory and Action

Volume 2017/2018

Master’s level inGlobal Urban Studiesthe 2015 curriculum

International Summer School running from 6th to 17th of August 2018. Danish and international master students from any discipline and any university with an interest in cities and culture are encouraged to apply.



This summer school, running from 6th to 17th of August, presents the students with a unique opportunity to try their hand at urban cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation right in the heart of Copenhagen City.

Organized together with Strøm music festival and other local actors, the summer school combines academic theory with hands-on practice, using a specific area of Copenhagen as laboratory for creative and innovative solutions to actual problems or for identifying hidden potentials connected to urban space. This case-based learning approach 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, grassroots activists, social entrepreneurs, municipal authorities and private businesses as well as with urban theorists. Bringing academic knowledge of urban life together with empirical and practical know-how, the students develop their own ideas into project proposals. These proposals, in turn, can inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in the students’ home cities.

Learning Outcome

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies (Kandidattilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2015-ordningen):

Urban Culture in Theory and Action (Bykultur i Teori og Handling), (fagelementkode HTÆK03361E).

A text corpus will be specified for accepted students by May 1st. It is expected that students read all the required text material before the summer school.

Good English skills are required.
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 outside the university, organized by external partners including the Strøm Festival.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Colloquia
  • 17
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Excursions
  • 24
  • Guidance
  • 12
  • Lectures
  • 20
  • Practical exercises
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Project work
  • 21
  • Total
  • 205