About the summer school

The program consists of lectures and talks by scholars of standing; seminars and group tutorials run by the summer school team; and numerous workshops, field trips and fieldwork assignments, organized by external partners including the electronic music and event organisation Strøm

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to:

  • Complete the required readings and assignments before the course begins;
  • Attend all sessions during the summer school (incl. Saturdays);
  • Actively participate in group work, discussions and field trips during the summer school.

The program seeks to cultivate a knowledge of:

  • the relationship between urban processes and cultural practices, production and policy;
  • key challenges and potentials in urban societies, urban development and urban space;
  • practical approaches to project work, innovation and entrepreneurship in networks, businesses, organizations, and institutions working with urban issues.

Students should develop general skills in:

  • identifying issues, challenges and potentials in cities or urban spaces generally, or in a particular city and/or particular urban space;
  • facilitating and developing creative solutions to challenges, or utilising potentials, in urban society;
  • applying select theories, methods and tools from within urban studies in order to operationalise relevant research-based knowledge about urban culture in the development of a project;

  • MA-level students will also develop skills in project management

Students will be trained in:

  • state-of-the-art theory about the relation between culture and urban societies;
  • formulating and presenting an idea for an entrepreneurship, a social innovation project, a policy recommendation or similar project or initiative;
  • facilitating and contributing to innovation processes in new or established networks, businesses, organizations, and institutions working with urban culture

  • MA-students will also be trained in planning a project that draws on research-based knowledge about urban culture;

Target audience

Bachelor’s and Master’s 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 to international students. Good English skills are required.

See Enrollment.

Assessment and Credit

Active participation, understood as:

  • Active class attendance (75% attendance as documented in the attendance records);
  • Submission of pre-summer school assignment (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 program is equivalent to 15 ECTS (a total of 412 work hours including 80 contact hours, 70 fieldwork and field trip hours and a total of 262 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, lectures and workshops.