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DIS Copenhagen - Child Development & Diversity
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Partner:
DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad
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Program Term(s):
Semester/Year
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Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
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Minimum GPA:
3.00
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Prerequisites:
No
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Previous Language Study Req?:
No
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Language courses offered:
Danish
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Housing Options:
Apartment (Shared), Dormitory, Homestay, Other
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Areas of Study:
Education, Psychology, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology
Program Design: Study Center, Theme based
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Additional Program Options:
Community Engagement, Field Study, Practicum/Apprenticeship
Program Description:
Program Description:
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 the pros and cons of free play, school readiness versus social pedagogy, and gender stereotypes in childhood serve as the foundation for class discussions. Through your Practicum, Field Study, and Study Tour hands-on experiences and reflection, gain new perspectives on child development and education.

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IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?
It’s a good fit if you study:
  • Child Development
  • Education/Educational Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Human Development

CORE COURSES

Child Development in Scandinavia + Practicum
Fall/Spring, 6 Credits (3-Credit Course + 3-Credit Practicum) 
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, and 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.
Week-Long Study Tour: Helsinki
Core Course Week: Denmark 
Corequisite: Child Development and Education in Scandinavia Practicum 

Children in a Multicultural Context + Practicum 
Fall/Spring, 6 Credits (3-Credit Course + 3-Credit Practicum) 
Based on research and student experiences at practicum sites, the course examines practices around the terms 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.
Week-Long Study Tour: London
Core Course Week: Denmark
Corequisite: Children in a Multicultural Context Practicum 

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For Gustavus Adolphus students: DIS uses US semester credits. Each GAC unit = 4 US semester credits. Thus, most DIS courses, which are worth 3 US semester credits each, are worth 0.75 GAC units. Be sure to discuss the irregular unit totals with your advisors as you select courses.

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