Below I have listed descriptions of some recent seminars I have taught at the University of Copenhagen
Privacy in Society: From potential social threaty to human right (August 2020), IARU summer school
Introduction to the history of how privacy became a human right.
Danish Legal History (Spring 2020), Law faculty
Course in Danish, mandatory for LLB students. The course focuses on the Danish legal system, particularly constitutional law and rights, family law, and private law. From the middle ages to the post-WWII period.
Privacy in Society: From potential social threaty to human right (August 2019), IARU summer school
Method for Bachelor project (Spring 2019), Department of Political Science
Course and supervision in Danish guiding undergraduate students who are writing their BA-dissertation.
Cosmopolitanism (Spring 2019), Department of Political Science
This course is an introduction to (‘Western’) cosmopolitanism in political and social theory. After the end of the cold war intellectuals searched for a new grand narrative for the world ranging from ‘the end of history’, with a triumphant liberal democracy, to a ‘clash of civilisations’, with a return of conflicts based on culture rather than ideology. Another view emerged at the same time that re-interpreted the old idea of cosmopolitanism. It sought to reconcile the tension between a liberal boundaryless view of democracy based on universal human rights, and a bounded notion of democracy based on self-imposed legal norms. This new cosmopolitanism places itself as a bridge between nationalism and universalism, the local and the universal, the particular and the general. It sought to answer ethical and political issues that globalisation challenges us with. Is immigration a human right? How can decisions made in a foreign country affecting another be justified? Is it possible to build a global republic, state, or polity? Is it possible to build a global community, does it already exist, do we need an identity for global institutions? How to build a system for promoting global justice? What values are universal?
Republicanism (Fall 2018), Department of Political Science
This course is an introduction to republicanism in Western political thought. Republicanism is fundamental in both senses of the term. As one of the most ancient theories in political thought it constitutes the foundation of Western societies. It is also one of the essential contemporary theories because it discusses problematics we face acutely today, albeit under different guises: Does security come at the price of liberty? Is violence legitimate and who should exert violence for a republic or in a republic? What is liberty and how can it be maintained? Do virtuous institutions or virtuous political actors produce effective government? What are republican virtues and how to maintain them? Is private wealth the enemy of the commonwealth or its lifeblood? Can a republic thrive on a large territory with a large body of citizens? Are democracy and republicanism compatible? Should citizens be educated and how? Who can/should be a citizen? What are the limits of a republic? Are republican values universal? Are republics more peaceful and stable than tyrannies? Would a world of republics be better than a single universal republic?