Posts Tagged ‘ uoc: courses ’


So, as always, I will apologise for being (a) fail with updating; (b) fail with catching up on old posts; (c) just generally being fail at posting anything at all.

Since coming back from Norway, Toby came to visit, and that was fun, and good to see someone from home again. :) It was also nice to see a bit of Copenhagen in its winter-y goodness and experience a little bit of jul-tide fun. Of course, posts to come later, eventually…

Copenhagen has been full of lovely weather… aka SNOW! While it is certainly very exciting, and very pretty, I am rather over it already… It is cold, and it is slushy and… it’s cold!!

And of course, as you can see from the subject, I am into exam period. In fact, I started today, with my 24 hour take home exam…

In the meantime, I’ll do you one better than photos. I took these videos yesterday when it was snowing. Of course, the day that I am stuck inside ended up being a nice day, and over zero degrees too, because the snow on my balcony has all melted away. But now it is dark, so I don’t care. :)

Now, I am going to make some salmon for dinner, and settle in for a nice all nighter…!


(I didn’t intend to post these, so excuse the talking…!)
enjoy :)


the academic story.

waiting for class to start @ metro annexe, fiolstræde 4-6

So I know that I still have another two days to go for Amsterdam, and also the many adventures that I had traipsing around Northern Sjælland with my parents, but I wanted to write this post before I forgot my first impressions. Also, there are less photos involved, making it easier for me to post, since it’s much easier to write the posts.

Anyway, this was meant to be a post about my classes, because, yes, exchange isn’t all about classes, but they are a part of it and I do have to pass!

Some general things about classes here at KU:
– There is this thing called the academic quarter. If you can’t be bothered to read the wiki link, basically it means that when we start classes on the hour, the actual start time isn’t until quarter past the hour. So in reality, two hour classes are only 1hr 45 long. But wait, There’s more.
– Not only that, but a ‘class’ (or timer, in Danish) is considered to be 45 minutes long. So how does that work out? you ask.  Well, this means that, since most (of my) lectures/seminars are scheduled for 2 hours, then it means 2 classes. Yes, yes, I can hear you. It still doesn’t add up. Basically it means that there is an in-built 15 minute break into each lecture/seminar. Which is great. Just at that point when you are beginning to fall asleep lose concentration… BAM! You get a break! So In reality, a two hour class is only 1.5 hrs.
– As an exchange student, and with limited Danish knowledge, I’m taking Masters level classes in the Law Faculty. This kind of freaked me out at first, but in fact, it hasn’t turned out so bad.
– KU is much like UTS in the sense that there is no one campus, but rather it’s a number of campuses littered across Copenhagen. The Law Faculty is based in the City campus, and is in itself made up of a number of buildings. This has made things a little difficult, most commonly when I’m in the library, which is probably not in the most convenient location, and then I need to run up to Bethesda or Linnésgade, both up and over on the other side of Nørreport Station. Sometimes I don’t quite get the timing right and I walk in sheepishly late. But I think I’m getting the hang of it now. The thing that I have been trying to get used to is the places that they have classes in. I have most of my classes in Metro (as seen in the pic above) but also a couple of lectures in Bethesda (see pic below) which is actually a church that KU rents out, I guess particularly if it’s a large class, as well as the aforementioned Linnésgade.

lectures in bethesda.

Ok. Now to the actual subjects?

  • European and International Commercial Law
    This subject actually started a week before everything else, which was kind of annoying as I didn’t get a break in between the pre-semester Danish class and then starting this class. The course involves 2 lectures and 1 seminar, each of which are 2 1.5 hours long. This gives me more contact hours, and a heck of a lot more reading, but it’s going to be awesome not to have to worry about this subject later in the semester, since I finish up with this on in OCTOBER! It’s a required subject for the local Danish BA students, while us MA students do the same course with additional readings. This makes the lectures quite large, and while the seminars are ok-sized, I still tend to be on the quiet side. Oh well. :P I find it quite interesting though. It’s definitely a stretch, and sometimes I’m feeling a little out of my depth, and while the some of the lecturers in the rotation have been a bit difficult to follow, on the most part they have  been pretty good. I also really like the guy who takes my seminar group. He teaches pretty well and when he explains things it’s like I don’t need to do the readings at all! \o/
  • Comparative Civil Rights Protection: UK and US
    This was definitely one of the subjects that I chose because it actually sounded interesting. This is the first time that it’s been run, so our teacher is not really sure where we’re going with it, but I like the pretty relaxed feel of it. It’s much more familiar dealing with common law concepts that we’re familiar with in Australia, but I think it’s also going to be really informative, and I’m looking forward to it. This class is much smaller, and overrun with Aussies, but it’s a pretty good mix of people and yeah, I’m really enjoying it and I actually don’t mind doing the readings for this class. . :)
  • Introduction to Danish Law
    Ok, so this is probably not the most useful subject to learn, but oh well. This subject feels quite intense. It’s like a crash course on various aspects of Danish law. The thing that is difficult about it is remembering to separate the things that I already know about law at home, and learning how things are different here in Denmark. Again, it’s interesting, but not particularly the most lively content matter. Teacherman tries his best to make up for it though. e.g. strange, strange examples to help us remember certain scenarios and points of law. That and the fact that he brought in a bottle of… something and encouraged everyone to take a shot.

take a shot in intro to danish.

I know for most people, the academic side of exchange is probably not at the forefront, but I think I struggle with not doing well. So I will put in the effort and hopefully do well on all of my 100% finals… I’m really enjoying my classes at the moment though, and I hope that that continues through the rest of the semester. :)

I’m glad, though, that my timetable gives me a free Friday, so if I want to run away for a little bit I can do see. As I did last weekend. :)

So that’s about it, I guess, for classes here at KU.

I will not complain any further about the fail-ness with my student ID. Just know that I still do not have it. :(

As a grand finale, I present to you, Rector Ralf Hemmingsen. He spoke to us at the Matriculation Ceremony (2/9), welcoming us for the 2010/11 academic year. Something about mermaids and their tails and… yeah… something. FYI, the Ceremonial Hall is quite quite pretty inside. :) Just take a look!


rector ralf hemmingsen (and some of the deans)

the ceremonial hall.

happenings & problems.

I have been terribly terrible at updating. There are a lot of posts that I should have posted but haven’t. I take too many pictures and then I get lazy to sort through them to figure out which of the 100s I should post. But I’ll get there. Eventually. For now, a quick update about things that I’ve been up to and things that have been happening.

  1. Danish language classes
    I wrote about this when I started, but now I have completed the three-week intensive course and I have completed both my written and speaking exams. I came away with a nice grade of 10 overall. I don’t really know what this means
    in relation to our grading system back home, since the Danish grading system goes something like: 12 > 10 > 7 > 4 > 2 > 0 > -3. Yeah, I don’t know how that works. As far as I know, my subjects are just awarded pass/fail when I get back anyway. But no matter. I’m just glad that I did seemingly quite well. It definitely feels like an accomplishment. I’ve even considered taking on the semester long course! But final registration isn’t until next week, so I won’t have to decide until then.
  2. My parents are here!
    Mum and Dad arrived on Thursday last week, and I’ve spent quite a bit of time with them, taking them out, walking around, seeing the sights. It definitely renewed the excitement of living in Copenhagen. I had become a little bit complacent. We also visited Malmø, Sweden, just a 40 minute train ride away. That’s a separate post in itself. :) I’m also thankful for all the goodies that they brought me, and all the other things on my list of things to bring. Why pay double here, when they could just bring it for me! :) We’re planning on heading up north to check out Helsingør, the site of Hamlet’s castle, Hillerød, the site of another castle, and hopefully, if we have enough time, Humblebæk, to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
  3. Classes have started.
    I am taking 3 credited courses, and also the 1 week intensive non-credit course, Introduction to EU Law (although, with my timetable, I don’t think I’ll actually be able to go to any classes the first week). Once I’ve had all my classes I’ll write a little more about the Danish university experience. :)

Other than that, I’ve just been hanging out, exploring and what not. Nothing ridiculously exciting. :) But I shall post about a couple of those days.

I have had problems with a number of uni things though.

  • ID kort: I have been waiting and waiting on my student ID card. The first day that I went to ask about it, I was turned way without the lady even looking for my card, being told that I had to wait for an email before I could come and pick it up. I knew this was… wrong (to say the least) since other people who had sent their form in the same time as me had had no problems picking up their card. So I went back last week and spoke to a different person (thankfully) and she spent a good 15 minutes searching through for my card. To no avail. So then I had to email in to the ID card making people, and hopefully I get it next week… I do want it so that I can get into Tivoli for free! (I know I could just use my acceptance letter, but that’s hardly as exciting as having my actual ID card…)
  • Absalon: This it the Blackboard equivalent (or whatever online thing you use at uni) for KU. It was working fine yesterday morning, but when I logged on last night to complete some exercise for my class (yes, look at me go, so studious already!), I couldn’t log in. It’s happened to a couple of people so far that I know of (both Australians… they must hate us… lol) and the advice given was just to wait and see. With classes starting up and what not… I don’t see this as an option. So I sent a handful of emails to all the people that I could think of, and today I am going to go and annoy the Admissions Office after class. That will be fun…

I am hoping that the KU administrative department improves its impression on me as the semester goes on…

And because you probably don’t care so much for the writing, here are some pictures from Københavns Universitet Amager (KUA), as I was leaving from my Danish speaking yesterday morning, with lovely blue skies.

emil holms kanal, with tietgen kollegium on the right.

emil holms kanal, view to the north.

tietgen kollegium.

on the way, and around, dr byen station.

And my fabulous Danish class will bid you farvel. :)


danish class!