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Crossing Borders - Social Education

Short-term programme of Crossing Borders, 30 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University College South Denmark
Campus Åbenrå
Duration 4 months
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3500 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Erasmus Yes


“Crossing Borders” is a four-month international course specially designed for both foreign and Danish students.
The course will provide students with skills, knowledge and experiences in order to increase their intercultural competence, their ability to address cultural diversity in educational settings and their ability to describe, analyse and develop educational practice in an intercultural perspective.

With the reflective practitioner as guiding principle the course will facilitate active learning both inside and outside the classroom. Through excursions, fields studies and practical training you will observe and explore pedagogical practice, and in lectures, workshops and group work you will be encouraged to discuss and reflect upon your experiences.

The course focuses on cultural diversity in early years education and will provide knowledge about and understanding of a culturally responsive pedagogy in an international perspective. As part of the overall theme the course will put emphasis on educational institutions serving minorities.

The subjects are:

Crossing Borders (5 ECTS)
- Introduction to Denmark (history, culture and society) and to the Danish-German border region
- Comparing educations and systems for early years education
- Danish language course

Cultural Diversity in Education (10 ECTS)
Globalisation, migration from all parts of the world and the historical shifting of borders has turned the European map into a patchwork where people with different cultural backgrounds live together. In educational settings cultural diversity is manifest both as a challenge and a possibility for the educator. This module will focus on cultural diversity as a resource in education and provide the students with knowledge and skills needed for addressing diversity in educational settings.
Main themes are:
- Concepts of culture
- Minorities, language and identity
- Pedagogical theory and practice in an intercultural perspective
- Field work methodology and practice

Educational Development Project (10 ECTS)
This module will build upon the knowledge and experience gained in the previous module on culture and education. The module will introduce the student to development work as a systematic approach for changing and renewing educational practice – for instance in relation to addressing cultural diversity in education.
Main themes are:
- Scientific methods for analysing educational practice and identifying potential areas of development
- Forms of documentation, evaluation and dissemination in educational development work
- Observation and investigation of existing educational practice in institutions/schools
- Group project work focusing on educational development

4. Practical Training Period (5 ECTS)
3 weeks practical training in a Dan-ish institution/school or an institution/school belonging to the German speaking minority in Denmark.

Career opportunities

The short term programme is intended to be part of your education as a social educator or teacher for pre-primary education and primary education.


Students must have sufficient oral and written English language skills.

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There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring 2018

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Jan 22


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