Hello! Sorry, it’s been awhile. Life is getting busy here as school gets busier and travel starts! This blog is about field studies, DIS’s adult field trips. Basically, there are no classes scheduled on Wednesdays to allow for your classes to take trips around Denmark to visit places related to what you’re studying! Some weeks you’ll have no field studies and some you’ll have two. Each class has 2-3 field studies per semester. Last week, I had a field study with both my Child Development in Scandinavia class and my Danish Language and Culture class.
Child Development Scavenger Hunt in Frederiksberg
We spent the morning walking around Frederiksberg (area of Copenhagen) visiting youth-related sites such as kids clothing stores, book stores, libraries and parks. We’ve already learned so much in class about how childhood differs in Denmark but it was cool to see those changes in person.
A few highlights:
- Denmark and the EU have various labels to make clothing and products as organic, ethically sourced, and much more. They make it so easy to shop for great products that are safe for children, taking the responsibility off of the consumer to do the research.
- Denmark integrates children into their everyday society so well. There were even moving ramps where there would have been escalators to allow for prams (big Danish stroller things, Google them!) to be pushed around easily.
- We ended the scavenger hunt at my professor Jen’s house. She was so kind to host us with treats and hot chocolate while we debriefed the day.
Fun note: young Danish kids nap outside in their prams. Yes. Outside. In the winter. When I first heard this I was honestly a little in shock but once Jen explained we all wished we could do it in the US! I was actually able to see it in person during our scavenger hunt (see pic below). Moms leave the prams right outside the cafe and they just sit right inside with a baby monitor, so cool!
Visit to the Louisiana Museum
For my Danish class we went to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. I will have to admit that art does not necessarily excite me. I can for sure appreciate, but I wasn’t sure what to expect on a 3 hour visit to a museum. Summary: it was awesome! We received a tour from an art historian at the museum and she was wonderful. She knew everything there was to know about everything art related and she was great at appealing to our age group. They currently have an exhibit by an artist based in New York and her art had a lot of social justice meaning, so that was cool to see and talk about with everyone. Words don’t do the architecture of the building or the art justice so here are some photos!
Until Next Time!