Global studies is the umbrella for all Folk High School Classes taught at International People’s College in Denmark. All classes are taught in English and have both a global and regional focus through personal development, professional skills, communication and creativity.
Learning at International People’s College is meant to challenge, stimulate, and educate you – not only will you discover what you are good at but also what makes you happy (read more about IPC here). You will learn how to use your unique skills in the best way possible. At International People’s College we believe that knowledge is many things and that it is acquired in many different ways. This is reflected in offering a wide selection of Folk High School Classes ranging from those having an academic focus to a practical one.
The yearly schedule at International People’s College is divided into two terms, one in spring (24 weeks) and the other in autumn (18 weeks). It is also possible to attend for half a term – read more about the possibilities under Dates & prices.
The group of students changes every term and there are usually 90-100 students coming from around 30 different countries and on average they are in their early 20s. Their motivation for joining our Folk High School in Denmark varies. Some come because of an interest in international society and culture, others want to improve their language skills, others again are keen on discovering more about developmental and NGO work or want to develop certain personal and professional skills. Read more about what former students say about International People’s College here.
The Folk High School Classes at International People’s College vary and you can choose them for yourself and put together your own schedule. Your main interest might be academic and therefore your classes may mainly consist of courses like Development Studies, Global Challenges, Political Philosophy, etc. You may also be interested in music and some of your classes might be Band Playing and Choir. Or vice versa. The important thing is, you can pick and choose between a wide range of classes like arts, sports, self development, political science, gender studies, etc. All with a global and regional angle.
During the first week of your term you will be introduced to the classes offered from which you will put together your own schedule. 2-4 classes will be offered in the same time sloth so you will have to choose between them to create your time table. It can be very frustrating if your favourite subjects are on offer at the same time sloth and you like that will have to choose between them, but no matter what you will get the chance to create a time table that interest you. If you are attending a whole term (24 or 18 weeks) you will get the opportunity to change your schedule halfway through and pick new Folk High School classes. Every student must reach a minimum of 28 lessons a week – but trust us, the biggest problem will be which classes to eliminate. View examples of students timetables here or watch the movie below.
It is important to notice that classes offered may change from term to term according to the teachers and students at IPC. In general all classes listed underneath will be on offer, but sometimes classes are replaced and therefore you can not totally rely on one certain class as a motivation to come to IPC. You should be interested in IPC as a whole if you apply. Furthermore you need to have basic English language skills to participate in classes etc.
Be prepared to sweat, when taught by Sellasi from Ghana!
Have a look at the stories that are told about Africa and explore how these work to create a picture of Africa.
The arab world, art music, movies, heritage, culture.
Creating art invites students to enter into an authentic relationship with themselves, their environment, and their culture.
Music unites people despite difference in age, culture, gender, etc. Come and play with us!
Learn to use your voice in the best way possible, while singing popular pop and rock songs.
Express yourself through writing in different ways.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Be introduced to, speak and understand Danish language in different levels.
Debate and discussion are fundamental parts of any democratic praxis and mastering the skills of debate will allow you to clearly and constructively convey your opinions and messages.
Understanding architecture and design opens up a world of sensual experiences.
Become an entrepreneur! Learn how to manage projects and work in organizations.
In this Folk High School Class we are not solving the global problems of waste and consumption, but we will learn step by step, to succeed in our small-scale DIY projects.
Be confident when you speak and write in English.
Students will be introduced to the concept of ‘sustainability’ and examine different approaches to nature.
What does it mean to exist?
Are we acorns?
Learn about Denmark and the Weird Danes!
Globalization is changing economics and politics around the world. Learn about the possibilities and obstacles.
Understand diversity and the challenges around it, and improve your communicative skills
Understand, analyze and discuss the way the United Nations System works.
Would you like to be a peacemaker?
Discuss urbanization and the consequences it has in our daily lives, while you learn how to participate in the development of sustainable cities.
Join this class to investigate the ‘social life of things’.
Mind and body tools. Learn how to cooperate with stressful situations and everyday life.
Tell stories – movie making is one of the best tools!
Unpack the musics of the world and
Understand how music have influenced our societies and changed the way people dress, talk, think, act and relate to each other through time.
The crisis of biodiversity and climate are existential and the biggest of our time.
We start local but think global.
This class offers a journey through the worlds best example of peace and conflict – understand and learn!
Learn about how people have been on the move in decades and how it changes the world.
Take photos and learn the basics of PhotoShop to tweak them as you want.
Learn about your passion and how to communicate it. This class is inspired by the idea of TED conference.
Team sports like floor-ball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee etc. is offered in this class – but also discussions about healthy lifestyles and diets
Learn about the fundamentals of working behind the scenes.
Permaculture and biodiversity is in focus – practise in our permacultre garden at IPC!
We organize in groups and play together. We debrief and reflect upon what we learn from tabletop gaming.
We seek to understand violence as a phenomenon on a global, local and personal level.
Be able to appreciate and understand the fascinating diversity of the European Culture.
A divided world is created with the rhetoric use of the wording ‘Us and them’. In this class we will learn about Racism, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, Apartheid, Xenophobia, Homophobia, Rich-Poor divide, Caste system etc.
Analyze movies from different cultures, and get an understanding of how cinema is influencing the world
We will introduce ourselves to some amazing creators from all over the world. As well as enjoy, share, understand and create arts of our own.
Stretch, sweat, and get your pulses racing – while you discuss some of the issues and topics that might assist you in becoming a more balanced person.