Denmark, Copehagen

Urban Culture in Theory and Action

when 8 August 2016 - 20 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee EUR 200

The course focuses on cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation in the city by combining urban theory with hands-on practice. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and field trips, the student will engage with cultural practitioners, social activists and urban theorists from Copenhagen and around the world. Bringing academic knowledge of urban life together with empirical know-how generated by practitioners, the program do-it-yourself approach will help students develop their own ideas into project proposals that can inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in their home cities.

The program is tied together with the simultaneous Strøm electronic music festival and embedded within Copenhagen’s alternative spaces, particularly the co-creative community PB43. Using Copenhagen as a laboratory for studying the creative and innovative use, development or repurposing of urban space, the course also opens up to cross-cultural and global perspectives through presentations of research from around the world.

Course leader

Rasmus Christian Elling

Target group

Master students from any discipline with an interest in cities and culture are encouraged to apply. Good English skills are required.

Course aim

Students are expected to:

Complete the required reading before the course begins;
Attend all sessions;
Actively participate in group work, discussions and field trips.
The program seeks to cultivate a knowledge of:

Relevant problems in the study of the relationship between cities and culture;
Practical approaches to entrepreneurship and project work in networks, businesses, organizations and institutions engaged with urban culture and social innovation;
Creative and artistic approaches to change, improvement and innovation in urban societies, particularly the alternative use of urban space.
Students should develop general skills in:

Applying relevant theories, methods and tools of the program in project development;
Identifying, analyzing and understanding the potentials and challenges contained within a city or a specific urban space;
Contributing to creative processes in new or established networks, businesses, organizations and institutions.
Students will be trained in:

Formulating and presenting an idea for an urban cultural entrepreneurship or social innovation project;
Discussing the idea in relation to cross-cultural and comparative perspectives.

Fee info

EUR 200: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 917: Non EU/EAA citizens