European Urban Experience: Why Cities MatterSemester Course

Urban Studies
Week-Long Study Tour
Budapest-Vienna (Spring) or Germany (Fall) or Barcelona
Core Course Week Study Tour
Southern Sweden or Denmark or Northern Germany
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, Urban Design, Urban Studies
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

Note for Spring 2021: Your two course-integrated Study Tours will take place in Denmark.

Using the city as our classroom, this course combines first-hand experiences through biking, walking, and sensing the city with theoretical knowledge of the built environment, urban life, and urban transformations. The understanding of cities draws from different fields through expressions of society: civility in the midst of diversity, culture and art, science and technology; trade, commerce, money; power; politics, policy, and political tension and strife. The course introduces current urban paradigms, urban practices, and urban policies, putting Copenhagen and cities in Europe on the map in terms of urban sustainability, livability, and resilience.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
History, Sociology


Hilde Finess Evensmo

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc Geography and Geoinformatics from Copenhagen University (2015). BA Development Studies, University of Bergen (2012), Norway. Cofounder and director at COurban design collective, working with research, public space analysis and citizen involvement. Hilde has worked as a project manager and consultant for several Norwegian municipalities wanting to co-create public life. With DIS since 2018.

Bettina Werner

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. Applied Cultural Analysis, Copenhagen University (2016). BA (Political Philosophy), Uppsala University, Sweden, with a minor in Indigenous Studies from UNSW, Australia. Bettina is a native Swede living in Copenhagen. She is co-founder of COurban design collective and have previously worked with urban design firm CITITEK as a researcher and project manager. Projects include data collection, research, and co-creation of playgrounds and public space, interior spatial analysis of office environments, as well as educational seminars with both state and private clients. With DIS since 2016.

Regitze Hess

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MAA, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen (1993). B.Eng. – Civil, McGill University, Montreal (1985). Currently Special Advisor with International Federation for Housing and Planning [IFHP], working with IFHP in various capacities since 2005. A long range of experience advocating for better cities and built environments through the world of philanthropy, non-profits, academia & private practice; as conference organizer; curator; publisher, editor & writer; teacher and critic. Positions of trust include Gehl Institute Board Member. With DIS since 2002.