Denmark, Copenhagen

Kierkegaard – The Individual in Global Society

when 6 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee EUR 400

Once again the Faculty of Theology and the Centre of Søren Kierkegaard give you the opportunity to study Kierkegaard during summer, where you will meet students from many different countries.

The course takes a Danish perspective on common existential themes by reading the world famous local philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, in his home town and at his own university.

The main topic of the course is Søren Kierkegaard's witty and deeply earnest exploration of the problem of self-identity. Beginning with the breakdown of culture-specific ethnic and religious categories that have traditionally defined the self, the course treats Kierkegaard's scathing critique of religious culture and politics, his view that religious demands can conflict with seemingly universal ethical duties, and his assertion that the look of the Other is a defining factor in self-identity.

Field Trip

Toward the beginning of the course, students will enjoy a partly sponsored weekend bike trip to Gilleleje, Gribskov, Søborgsø, and Helsingør to see some of the sites Kierkegaard incorporates into his authorship. We will read passages from Kierkegaard at the various sites.

Course leader

Kent Brian Soderquist

Target group

This course is open to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students and 1st year graduate students. The course aims at students interested in religion, philosophy, theology etc. All disciplines are welcome; no background in Philosophy is required.

Course aim

The course aims to give profound understanding of Kierkegaards thoughts within culture-specific ethnic and religious categories.

Fee info

EUR 400: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 973: Non EU/EAA citizens