Department of Culture and Learning

International Cultural Studies

About ICS

About ICS

WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC FOCUS?

The International Cultural Studies (ICS) Program covers research and teaching within the fields of culture, communication, politics and language.

WHAT IS THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION?

The vast majority of the courses available within the ICS programme are delivered in English, but there are also courses in Spanish. Project supervision is available in English, German, and Spanish.

WHO ARE YOUR CLASSMATES?

ICS is integrated with the bachelor and master programmes for students in the Department of Culture and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities.

Approximately 20-35 guest students - primarily from partner universities in Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Europe - enroll in ICS each semester. The ratio of guest students to Danish students in most classes is approximately 1:10.

What teaching and evaluation methods are used?

Teaching is organized at two levels:

Courses

Some courses will take the form of lectures with up to 100 students attending. Others will be offered as a seminar, with 5-30 students. All students are expected to complete recommended readings. Classroom activities include class attendance, participation in class discussions and oral presentations.

Problem-based Project Work

Students who work individually or in groups formulate a problem or question of a theoretical or practical nature that relates to their project. Under tutorial supervision, they then collect and analyse data and discuss possible solutions to the problem. They submit a written report and sit for an oral examination at the end of the semester.

How much academic credit will you receive?

Full-time registration (30 ECTS credit points) typically consists of 4-5 courses and a written project. Students receive from 10 to 20 ECTS points for their projects, and typically 5 ECTS credit points for courses that are assessed separately, i.e. without a project assessment.

ICS students may register for courses totaling 30-35 ECTS credit points.

Will I receive a degree from Aalborg University?

ICS is not a degree granting programme. You will, however, receive an official Aalborg University ECTS Transcript (Transcript of Records) with the titles of the courses and project work you have completed, the grades you received for your work, and the number of ECTS points you were awarded.

WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS?

The ICS programme requires students to:

  • write an individual or group project - and ONE project only - and to sit for the oral project exam.
  • complete additional courses with various examination formats. The examination formats for these additional courses will typically be topic papers or on-site written or oral exams.