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International Children's Literature and Librarianship

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., and SLIS students will be traveling to Denmark to study children's literature and librarianship in June 2014!  

From its notoriety as home of the Vikings, to its current status as home of the happiest people in the world, Denmark is famous for Hamlet, Kierkegaard, and leaders in architecture and design such as Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utsen, Georg Jensen, Bang & Olufsen and Bjarne Ingels.

But Denmark also has a long and solid tradition of cultural production for young people — just think of Hans Christian Andersen, Tivoli Gardens and Legoland. 

Comparing international frameworks, we will look through a Danish lens to examine how literature, film, libraries and museums collectively generate cultural constructions of childhood.

DenmarkThis academically rigorous class, which includes an online component and about 10 days in Denmark, offers an engaging opportunity to examine the following:

What does it mean to be a child in other countries compared to the United States?  

How do the issues faced by professionals working in these areas compare to ones faced by professionals in the United States?

  • What can we learn from another culture, and how can our new knowledge translate into ideas for practice in the U.S.?



Additional information:

  • Hybrid course: Combines online course delivery with face-to-face class time in Denmark.
  • Offered: Summer 2014 (approximate dates in Denmark are June 4 to 15).
  • Estimated costs:
    • Program fees (including lodging, venue admission, internal travel, and a cell phone with minutes): $2,300
    • Travel to and from Denmark from Ohio (less from East Coast): Approximately $1,500
    • Total estimate = $3,800 PLUS tuition
    • Tuition (3-credits, graduate level, based on Academic Year 2013-2014 - may change slightly): In State: $1,425, out-of–state: $2,451.
    • Not included: food and incidentals. (Approximately $60 per day for food should be adequate.)

Additional details can be found in the Course Overview document under Quick Links on this page (top right). Unfortunately, we are no longer taking applications for this year's course.