Whenever you follow a discussion on ethics, political ideologies, freedom of speech, science, gene technology, global warming and questions regarding ‘what it means to live a good life’ you will find that all these topics have roots to philosophy. Even when you turn on your favorite TV-show or whenever you read a good book, you will find that many of these stories are essentially based on philosophical ideas.
Philosophy does not provide any easy answers, it is instead a subject that questions what you think you know and many times leaves you more confused than you were to being with. However, it is also a subject that encourages you to engage in discussions with others, to find common ground and explore different ideas together.
During this course, you will be introduced to different philosophical ideas throughout history as well as some of the contemporary philosophical topics. You will be introduced to ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science, metaphysics and existentialism. You will learn to think critically, understand different viewpoints, analyze arguments and view problems in a broader context.
Teacher: Jeppe Kirkegaard
Myths and (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’. The class will we divided between lectures and discussions in class and visits to sights, which has and continues to shape the myths of the Danish and German nationality.
Teacher: Drude Bill
Borders and Europe
Can we travel Europe - from the class room? The teachers, Peter and Elena, have spent the past seven years traveling Europe fra north to south, east to west through their project “Our Europe”, talking with and interviewing young Europeans.
In this class, we will be reading texts of all sorts; academic, prosaic, fiction, non-fiction, short, long - and watch films and look at works of art about Europe made by people who themselves have travelled. We will head out into the borderland of Schleswig and create our own works with the experiences and meetings we have in the area - text, sound, lyrics, video and more.
We will also be working with the participants own stories and experiences with border regions or minorities in Europe; be it through music, literature, art, food, or football
In the end we want to publish a book with drawings, lyrics, novels, photos, recipes, and other works made from our experiences - where ever they were made or what ever they are.
The class is divided in two: One part is teaching in the class room, where we will be discussing and learning about works and stories from and about Europe og explore major European themes such as identity, community, economy, borders, and a lot more. The other part is the students’ own story telling, where you will learn and get help to collect, create, and tell stories in your own way.
Teachers: Peter Hauberg-Lund Laugesen and Elena Maria Askløf
Music – rhytmic playing and chorus
Room for everyone and plenty of opportunity for challenge. Music speaks its own language and is a form of communication that brings together all types of people. It spreads joy and community as well as develops one creatively but also on a personal level. In this subject, we train your musical skills, whether you have been playing or singing for several years, or you are starting from scratch. The focus is on lifting your general musicality and the ability to interplay with others.
You start out by picking an instrument or vocals/chorus, and then the lectures alternates between instrumental and vocal practice in small groups and in interplay. During interplay, the focus is on the internal musical communication, to listen to each other while you make your musical contribution. Here you will experience the right balance between identity and community.
In order to make the best performance all vocals and instruments needs to be distinguishable. We will work on confidence and sharpness in expression, and the courage to perform. With music, it’s like so much else in life: How far you reach depends on how much energy you put into it. The school’s music room is open 24 hours a day, and we provide the framework for your success, the rest is up to you!
Teacher: Rigmor Eybye
Art asks questions and challenges both the one who experiences it as well as its creator. Art involves different crafts and techniques, but is also about experimentation, expressing yourself and communicating with the outside world. In art lessons, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in your work, a process that is both challenging and confrontational. During this course, you will get the opportunity to work with:
Drawing: Drawing is the foundation of all art courses and the easiest place to start. You will learn to see contour and how to sketch drawings with both pencils and ink. The aim is to give your drawings life, vibration and expression.
Painting: The starting point is the modern canvas painting, where we create images with brushes, scrapers and palette knives on canvas or plate. You will initially receive a few bound assignments and lectures in color theory and composition.
Sculpt: The body of the sculpture is the starting point. Learning to see the contour with pressure points of the form is important in order to maintain the firmness of the body. Experimenting with material and form in three-dimensional experiences is both challenging and engrossing. You can work with widely different materials such as granite, wood, clay, plaster or wax in both bound and free tasks.
Teacher: Ole Præstkær Jørgensen