History in the making - News and Debate
Political conflicts, boarders, wars, riots and movements, international institutions, conventions and possible solutions. The content of national and international affairs in the daily news has long and profound historical roots. However, the deep history is often neglected or simplified in the daily landscape of breaking news, while “truths” sometimes depends on the agenda of the media or even questioned as “fake news”.
In this class we will discuss current news and you will learn to challenge your opinion, discuss your believes and most important to engage in a democratic conversation among students with various different backgrounds. We will dig deep into the historical roots of current topics such as the Covid pandemic, Brexit, Trumpism, #metoo or any topic that interest you! In the end, you will be able to comprehend a more in-depth understanding of complex events and use this in your everyday approach towards the world around you.
Teacher: Drude Bill
World Religions - with a focus on the religious communities of minorities
From an objective point of view we will learn more about Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism and religion as such in a postmodern society: Traditions, texts, interpretations and significance in society.
With a basic understanding of religious practice we discuss the role of religions in the lives of minorities individually and as communities. We learn from the examples at hand in the Danish-German border region historically and present from accounts by actors engaged in this and visiting churches of the minorities.
This naturally leads to an involvement of the participants, knowledge and experiences from hometown and -countries. How important is religion and religious institutions to minorities defining identity, culture and traditions?
Teacher: Maria Strøm
Opera and classical music
Opera is an art that requires attention from several of our senses. The interaction between music, scene and lyrics is quite demanding, but if you break the code, you’re all ears. We open the doors to this world with great pieces such as Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, which contains both beautiful music, something as unusual as cold-blood love, comedy and seriousness all in one.
You will also get an introduction to other forms of classical music, as symphonies and concerts, hear about different composers and discuss the characteristics of music in different periods of history.
Teacher: Rigmor Eybye
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
The Promised Land: American culture in a global perspective
What does it mean to be American and how does it influence us as Europeans? During the nineteenth and twentieth century, emigration from European countries to the US boomed. There were as many reasons for emigrating as emigrants coming to the states, but the pull of a promised land was felt by each and everyone and took many different forms. The so-called American Century starting in the mid 1900s settled the cultural and political hegemony of the United States. Everything from McDonalds to JFK became global reference points and influenced and shaped cultures. In this course, we will try to separate myth from fact while still analyzing and discussing both. Through literature, films, history, food and art we will get to know how American culture was shaped and shapes the world. We will compare the myths of the promised land to the highly racialized and nationalized hierarchy of emigrants and indigineous peoples, appreciate and criticize American cultural productions and discuss whether or not the American Century has come to an end.
We explore what a good story is, how to make a story come alive and how to include the audience in one’s storytelling. We are working on how we can use visual storytelling. We are also exploring how we can create collective storytelling through methods such as forum theater and future workshops. The purpose of the course is to provide an understanding of what storytelling is and how storytelling can be used, but also to discuss the importance of creating shared stories in a global world. Students end up having a toolbox with various creative storytelling methods. The teaching consists primarily of initial class discussions on the basis of subject matter. In addition, the participants work either individually or in groups using the methods we have discussed to prepare their own storytelling.