Affiliate Programs

IARU Global Summer Program - University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Summary

    COP1 - Cultural Rights: A Promising Global Discourse? July 25 – August 10, 2018

    COP2 July 2- July 20, 2018

    COP3 July 23 - August 3, 2018

    COP4 late June – July 2018

    The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects students from IARU universities with their peers from around the world. GSP participants have the unique opportunity to come together to explore and discuss critical issues in a global perspective that require multidisciplinary approaches.

    GSP courses are fun but intense. Days are full as the classes are rigorous, requiring a full-time commitment for the whole duration of the course.

    IARU universities include:

    The Australian National University

    National University of Singapore
    Peking University
    UC Berkeley
    University of Cambridge
    University of Cape Town
    University of Copenhagen
    University of Oxford
    The University of Tokyo
    Yale University

  • Eligibility

    COP1 - Cultural Rights: A Promising Global Discourse?
    25 July 2017 – 10 August 2018
    Hosted by University of Copenhagen

    Bachelor students and Master students. This course is open to 3rd and 4th-year bachelor students and 1st-year graduate students

    Prerequisites

    • Students from Law, Anthropology, Ethnology, History, Literature, and Political Science with an interest in cultural rights are encouraged to apply.
    • Good English skills are required.

    COP2 - Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging
    2 July 2018 – 20 July 2018
    Hosted by University of Copenhagen

    The target audience is Master Students. Bachelor students in their 3rd year are also welcome to apply.

    Prerequisites:

    The summer school is open to MA-level students from all disciplines but priority is given to those interested in urban issues, activism, and political or social change. Apart from good English skills, it is required that the student immerses in the course syllabus, conducts a limited ethnographic exercise (“mini-fieldwork”) prior to the summer school and submits a draft synopsis based on that fieldwork in the first week of the summer school. The pre-summer school “mini-fieldwork” is estimated to amount to approximately 40 hours. Students are also welcome to use fieldwork data generated for the purpose of other courses and the summer school is particularly suited for students working on research for their MA dissertation.

    COP4 - Critical Field Research Course: Engaging Challenges of the 21st Century
    Late June 2018 – mid-July 2018
    Jointly developed and offered by University of Copenhagen and UC Berkeley as a joint initiative of the IARU GSP and Global Transformation Initiative.

    The target audience: Advanced undergraduate or postgraduate students. Prerequisites: The course is open to students from all fields. It is an advantage if the students have taken a methodology course prior to enrolling in this field course. Students will also be required to submit a statement indicating the research topic that they will be working on throughout the course.

  • Courses

    COP1 - Cultural Rights: A Promising Global Discourse?
    2017 July 25 – August 10 2018

    Migration and advances in technology have increased the level of cultural exchange and intermingling, but they have also fostered cultural clashes and incompatibilities that were previously masked by distance. Can cultural rights become a global discourse for supporting inclusive social and political development, and for fostering intercultural dialogue for the mutual understanding of cultures? And can cultural rights become a prime mover – an enabler and driver for development by providing a much-needed cultural legitimacy for human rights? Among the topics focused on in the course are the right to science and culture; ownership of cultural heritage; and the relationship between global, national, and regional law.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

    Course: COP2: Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging
    2 July 2018 – 20 July 2018

    Recent years have seen increasing interest in understanding healthy aging, the ability of the individual to maintain sufficient physical, mental and social energy to live active and meaningful lives. The course, offered by the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen will focus on exploring the aging phenomena through an interdisciplinary lens with a special focus on the concept of energy, a key component of healthy aging. Energy relates to processes at the cellular as well as the individual level and has not only physical but also important psychological and social dimensions which affect every facet of life.

    The objective of this course is to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and research experience in the field of aging to better understand how people can live energetic lives and enjoy a robust older age. The following sub objectives will be achieved over three weeks from July 3-21 2017:

    Week one: The main objective in week one is to provide knowledge on the interdisciplinary nature of the aging phenotype and how to evaluate the strengths and limitations of such research.
    Week two: The objectives of week two are to bring the students closer to the scientific research process and to give the students the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary research project.
    Week three: The objective in week 3 is to assist the students in exploring how interdisciplinary research projects are defined and evaluated.

    The objectives will be achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive discussions and project work in which students will conduct aging research projects under the supervision of experienced researchers from the Center of Healthy Aging.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

    Course: COP3: New Urban Life Across the Globe: Activism and Change in a World of Cities
    23 July 2018 – 3 August 2018

    "What is urban activism in a world of cities?"

    For the first time in human history, more people now live in cities than outside them, and many of the major political contestations of the 21st Century occur in urban settings. Recent years have thus seen a surge in new urban-based political and social movements, experiments in local governance, innovative forms of protest, activism and grassroots initiatives in cities and smaller towns spanning from Barcelona to Istanbul, Hong Kong to Detroit, and Bogotá to Cape Town. Uniting these trends is the belief that the state and traditional political and social institutions cannot meet all the needs arising from urbanization, or that real societal change must begin from below. These developments demand a new ontology of the political that is “seeing like a city” and pays attention to urban political life as both localized and globalized, as well as a new epistemology of “the urban” that can take into account the diverse field of politics emerging in cities.

    During this summer school, the students will be immersed in critical urban theory and practical approaches to urban ethnography, drawing from a broad range of excellent research at three faculties of the University of Copenhagen. The aim of the course is to cultivate knowledge of the relation between the urban and social and political change today. Students will develop a general skill in applying urban theory from the humanities and the social sciences on cases from urban societies across the world. Special emphasis will be placed on combining theory from the global north and south. Methodologically, the students will be trained in conducting urban ethnography and in gathering qualitative data for case studies on selected instances or processes of social and political change that could include activist communities, issues of contested authority, planning controversies and everyday city-making. Finally, they will be trained to work analytically with this kind of data, and to discuss urban theory in relation to the ethnography.

    The aim of the course is to cultivate knowledge of the relation between the urban and social and political change today. Students will develop a general skill in applying urban theory from the humanities and the social sciences on cases from urban societies across the world. Special emphasis will be placed on combining theory and knowledge from the global north and south. Methodologically, the students will be trained to conduct urban ethnography and to gather qualitative data on selected processes of social and political change that could include activist communities, issues of contested authority, planning controversies and everyday city-making. Finally, they will be trained to work analytically with this kind of data, and to discuss urban theory in relation to the ethnography.

    The course is developed through a collaboration between the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Sociology and Centre of African Studies.
    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

    Course: COP4: Critical Field Research Course: Engaging Challenges of the 21st Century
    late June – mid Jul 2018
    Jointly developed and offered by University of Copenhagen and UC Berkeley as a joint initiative of the IARU GSP and Global Transformation Initiative.

    This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to think critically about the research process, epistemologies, and ethics in the conduct of research. It combines classroom learning with field engagement and immersion in local environment that include meaningful interactions and possible placement with local NGOs.

    Emphasizing the research process rather than the mastery of a specific topic or method, the aim is to provide students with the tools to raise (and hopefully address) critical questions in their own research  and a critical foundation from which they can apply the knowledge and practices from the course to future research projects.

    We envision that by the end of the course, each student will have produced a polished draft of a project outline (10 pages) that could be used for future engagement with the Global South, be it through research, policy, advocacy, or other pursuits.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.