About the summer school

The program consists of lectures and talks by scholars of standing, group work and tutorials, workshops, field trips and fieldwork assignments, some of which is organized by external partners, including electronic music and event organization Strøm.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to:

  • Complete the required syllabus reading before the course begins;
  • Attend all sessions during the summer school;
  • Actively participate in group work, discussions, fieldwork and field trips.

The program seeks to cultivate a knowledge of:

  • broad tendencies and paradigms in a globalized world of cities in relation to culture, urban development and policy;
  • critical theories about the specific relationship between urban development, cultural production and event-making;
  • analytical approaches to the study of urban cultural industries and their practices

Students should develop general skills in:

  • identifying, studying and discussing a particular issue or phenomenon connected to urban cultural production;
  • gathering a limited range of materials about an urban cultural production and subjecting it to analysis by use of select methods from within one of three approaches (historical, ethnographical or text-analytical) - (Note: MA-students will have to apply a minimum of two methods);
  • MA-level students will also develop a skill in disseminating research-based knowledge about issues connected with urban cultural production to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Students will be trained in:

  • generating knowledge about a case study specifically and the more general issues of cultural production and urban development connected to that case study;
  • formulating a limited research project, gathering data or materials and selecting relevant theory, method and research design;
  • critical reflection on and discussion of the role of cultural production to urban development locally and globally.

Target audience

Undergraduate (BA-level) and graduate (MA-level) students from any discipline with an interest in cities, culture and society are encouraged to apply. The course is open to Danish as well as international students. Good English skills are required.

Assessment and Credit

Active participation, understood as:

  • Active class attendance (75% attendance as documented in the attendance records);
  • Submission of essay (see Enrolment) no later than the deadline provided upon enrolment;
  • Participation in group work, including a) submission of group project synopsis; and b) oral presentation of project proposal

The Summer School is equivalent to 7.5 ECTS (a total of 206 work hours including 42 contact hours, 40 fieldwork and field trip hours and a total of 124 hours for syllabus self-study, pre-summer school assignments and online lectures)


Associate Professor and Summer School Director Rasmus Christian Elling is the convener of the program while teaching assistants, guest lecturers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and activists will give talks and lectures.