DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia
Language of instruction:
Homestay, Residence halls
Area of study:
Child Development, Education, Psychology, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology
Arts, Sciences & Engineering
Child Development & Diversity
Find out why Scandinavia is known as one of the most progressive places for raising children to be competent, independent, democratic, and social beings. Cross-cultural approaches to current practices when working with children and youth in educational and social contexts serve as the foundation for class discussions. Coursework threads academic topics with hands-on practicum experiences in Danish nurseries, preschools, and public schools, as well as reflections during Field Studies and Study Tours, to provide new perspectives on child development and education.
Within the framework of Nordic pedagogy, investigate education and care, analyzing the discourse surrounding quality of life for children. Explore the pros and cons of free play, relationships to caregivers and peers in the welfare state, school readiness versus social pedagogy, and children’s exploration of nature in practicum, Study Tour, and on Field Studies.
Based on research and student experiences at practicum sites, the course examines practices around ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in Danish education and social policy. Educational issues such as teaching practices, intercultural communication and learning, multilingualism, and the influence of culture on education and child development are studied.
Core Course Study Tours
This program travels on Study Tours to the following destinations:
Child Development and Education in Scandinavia:
Week-Long Study Tour: Helsinki
Core Course Week: Denmark
Children in a Multicultural Context:
Week-Long Study Tour: London
Core Course Week: Denmark
Early in the semester, you delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you travel on a short Study Tour for three days in Denmark or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. Later in the semester, you travel again with your Core Course on a week-long Study Tour in Europe.
While on tour, theories learned in the classroom come to life by meeting with professionals and experts in your field who contribute to furthering your understanding of course topics. Study Tours are hands-on and experiential, combining theory with practice, and expose you to additional cultural perspectives. You have the opportunity to visit sites and experts in your field of interest that you may not otherwise have access to.
Add elective courses to complement your Core Course at DIS Copenhagen. You decide how to build your course load based on your needs and interests!
Electives range across disciplines and include research, workshops, studios, and even Exploration Electives, which come with a travel component.