Common classes

The common classes are for all students and take place on Fridays + some weekends.

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Good and clear communication is a prerequisite for our messages to be heard and understood correctly. There are however, many different aspects that can affect our communication, cause us to be misunderstood and make it so that our message is not being received properly.

In this subject, we will create awareness of some of these aspects, and thus provide the tools that can strengthen a clear communication as well as our presentation techniques. A form of communication that will help us develop each and everyone so that we can take part in daily minority dialogue / communication in a good a constructive way.

We will get around various communication tools, including filter for communication, body language, assumptions versus facts, interviewing and presentation techniques, and work on internal and external communication.

Teacher: Karsten Dressø

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(Mis)use of history

What separates and unites people? What defines a national identity? Can we divide people into boxes based on race, religion, place of birth or historical background? These are some of the questions we will be dealing with in this subject.

From the concept of “imagined communities” we will aim to understand how we have changed our way of defining communities throughout history. Furthermore, we will aim to identify what it is that gives people the feeling of being connected to their fellow citizens, even when members of a specific nation will never get to know the majority of that nation’s citizens.

Can our national identity and affiliation be determined simply by what geographical borders our parents are born inside? Get ready to learn the story and places of significance that have created your own mental community and whether or not you can find examples of where history has been abused in relation to these ‘imagine communities’. 

Teacher: Simon Møller

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Outside the bubble

“Outside the bubble” is where we keep informed and discuss the latest news. We learn how to navigate social media and identify fake articles and news on the internet, as well as staying on the beat on what goes on in the outside world.

We will engage in discussions on current political subjects such as UN’s 17 development goals, green ideology and climate change and talk about how we can help mitigating these changes.

You will receive a variety of communication tools, such as being able to analyze arguments and identify logical fallacies, as well as some insight into rhetorical devices.

Teacher: Jeppe Kirkegaard

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History of music

In this subject, you will be introduced music theory and be able to identify the things that distinguishes different music genres, as well as their background from medieval monk chanting to modern Jazz and World Music.

We will look at the role that music has had throughout different historical eras and will train different techniques that will help us listen to and analyze music pieces. This is a subject where questions regarding music’s natural beauty and aesthetically expressions flourish, questions such as ‘what is music?’ and ‘why is it that a music experience can be so intoxicating?’.

Music history is a subject that challenges your ears but also provides tools to which you can delve deeper into music. 

Teacher: Rigmor Eybye

Debate and discussion

Too often, debate is misunderstood. Sometimes, people consider debate and discussions as futile and frankly a bit scary. And often, we try to avoid it, because we don’t like to disagree.

An integral part of any Højskole is the ability to debate properly, to engage in discussions with each other and express honest and frank viewpoints - and be even better friends afterwards. In a democracy, disagreement is a strength, not a weakness. We are supposed to keep arguing; it is the whole point of democracy to not have just one opinion dominate the debate.

In this class, we will first and foremost have lots of debate. You will be asked to have an opinion about many things; also things you didn’t necessarily thought you had an opinion about. The point is to teach you the good debate - how to address other points of view with great effect, but also respectfully.

The point is to teach you to ask “why” in stead of “how” - a mistake often made by many journalists. And the point is to teach you to not care about the person expressing the point, but only caring about the point itself.

Teacher: Jens Horstmann

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History of art

From cave paintings to deconstruction. In this subject, we explore the greatest points in the history of art. You will hear about the importance of art in culture and religion and how that art reflects culture in different eras, from the first traces of the primitive man to the modern contemporary art. 

Teacher: Ole Præstkær Jørgensen