Weekly schedule

The next long course takes place from the 6th of August to the 16th of December 2017. The weekly schedule consists of approximately 30 lessons. The illustration shows you how these lessons can be compiled from branch specific lessons, common lessons and additional subjects.

Apart from the lessons in the weekly schedule, you get to learn your fellow students better during sports, games and activities in your spare time in the school café, around the fire place in the lobby or in the picturesque surroundings.

During the common lessons you have the unique chance to hear and share ideas with people from all parts of Europe. During morning assemblies students and teachers make presentations of their interests, something they stumbled upon on the internet or something completely different.

The discussions continue in the classrooms and sometimes even over dinner in all kind of vivid languages and methods of expression.

The greatest resource at a folk high school is the students, and on Højskolen Østersøen we have a very broad diversity, as people come from many different places in Europe.

Singing is a very integrated part of the Danish Folk High School. The Folk High School Movement has it’s own songbook, which is used at e.g. morning assemblies.

Branches

You can choose between several different main branches. Please note that not all of the branches are available both in the spring and fall:



Culture and society

The branch general studies seeks to investigate the major ideas about the world and what it means to be human. We will talk and learn about things like:

History of ideas

Where we as an example philosophize about good and evil – in connection to e.g. terrorism, history, but also on a very everyday level of human interaction. We also look into the big ideas from natural science – and go out in the world and connect it to reality..

Language

Where we look at how communication works, both theories of communication, but also connected to real life – we also look into the history and development of language – how and why we communicate, and how we learn languages.

Anthropology – the study of human beings

We look into the early history of mankind, what kind of animal are we, and where do we come from? – what is culture, art, religion…. And all these other things? We connect all this to the human society around us, by going out and doing exercises, observation, and participate in different kinds of situations and try to figure out what this can tell us about being human.

Politics

What is politics, democrazy, why and how do we do it – how does it work, where does it come from…

All this connected to the topic of Culture and society and in this way looking at our world in the broadest possible way of thinking and learning about what it means to be human, and how the world works, by discussing, investigating, doing experiments, and going out in the world to test and reflect about all out ideas.

Music

You choose to study either singing or piano playing, and you will receive individual instruction in these subjects every week. Because of this individual approach, we are able to create a very custom programme, tailored to your personal skill level and your own ambitions regarding what to study.

As a music student at Højskolen Østersøen, you will participate in a daily two- hour music class with the other music students. Besides this, you are completely free to create your own schedule by choosing any other subjects you might like. This means that you can combine your interest in music with many other subjects available at the school such as sports, outdoor, languages, sailing etc.

Besides instruction in piano playing and singing, there are weekly classes of ear training and music theory, ensemble singing and a weekly music history/music appreciation class. We have coordinated the program with the concerts of the regional Symphony, so we will not only talk about music, but actually very often go out and experience the music at real live concerts.

The music classes are open to anyone with an interest in music. You must choose either singing or piano as part of the programme, but there are no entry-requirements other than the desire to become better at playing/singing and an interest in learning more about music.

Nature

This branch is part of a special program, which prepares young people to work as a nature guide on the west coast in Denmark. The lessons cover a very broad range of topics related to nature, including biology and geology, rules for nature protection, sustainable use of natural ressources, ethics, food and ways to explore nature.