HMKK00009U Modern culture: Theoretical topic: Urban Culture and Cultural Theory

Volume 2018/2019

Modern Culture


This course establishes the basic principles for a culture-theoretical approach to the city. Exploring seminal volumes from the tradition of 20th-century cultural theory, we develop the key concepts and approaches necessary for understanding the city as urbanity: a complex cultural phenomenon.

A variety of discourses contributes to this project;  architectural and literary as well sociological and philosophical issues will be discussed via readings of major books by Roland Barthes, Steen Eiler Rasmussen, Jan Gehl, Henning Bech (on Copenhagen), Georges Perec, Michel de Certeau, Sophie Calle (on Paris – and Venice), Siegfried Kracauer and Walter Benjamin (on Berlin).

Copenhagen, Paris and Berlin help us address the history of the European metropolis from 1850 to the present. In addition, various artistic and bodily approaches to urban culture invite us to reflect upon the analytic potentials in cultural theory. In this way, the conditions for the interdisciplinary study of modern urbanity will be experimented.

Stressing the necessity of conceptual rigour and human dialog, the course comprises a lecture and a seminar (in smaller groups) every week. The seminar hours provide occasions for student presentations and also help you generate material for your exams at the end of the semester. Both international and Danish students will be present in class, thus inviting intercultural exchanges to take place



"The course, which is taught in English, features both one lecture and one seminar every week."
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 84
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 264
  • Seminar
  • 42
  • Total
  • 420
Type of assessment
All aids allowed
Censorship form
External censorship