Copenhagen, Denmark

Urban Culture in Theory and Action

when 30 July 2020 - 20 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC

Urban Culture in Theory and Action is an international summer school (BA and MA-levels) at the University of Copenhagen, 30th of July to 20th of August 2020. Deadline for applications: 1st of April 2020.

During this summer school in the heart of Copenhagen, students from across the world get an opportunity to move from analysing problems in urban societies to creating possible solutions and identifying potentials in urban space by formulating and planning research-based projects.

Organized in collaboration with Strøm music festival and other partners in Copenhagen, the summer school combines academic theory with the experiences and know-how of seasoned practitioners to help the students formulate, plan and execute cultural or social projects in urban space. The aim of the course is thus to give students the tools for translating their academic skills and knowledge into concrete projects for change in cities.

During the summer school course, students immerse in theories of urban culture, the social production of space and cultural interventions in urban space. Students will be trained in identifying and discussing problems and potentials relating to culture and urban societies; formulating research-based projects for implementation; and applying knowledge about social entrepreneurship and innovation processes.

The summer school is organized around case-based learning by focusing on a specific site in Copenhagen as a laboratory for exploration. The teaching 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, activists, social entrepreneurs, municipal authorities and private businesses, as well as with urban theorists.

The summer school will take place from 30th of July to 20th of August 2020 (incl. Saturdays, only excl. Sundays - please note that students will be busy every day during this period).

We also offer another summer school, Cultural Production and Urban Space, but since they are taking place simultaneously, it will unfortunately not be possible to attend both summer schools.

Course leader

Rasmus Elling

Target group

MA-level and BA-level students of all disciplines and nationalities are encouraged to apply

Fee info

EUR 0: For more information about tuition fees please visit our website.


The university does unfortunately not offer any scholarships for summer school students at this time