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Supplementary subject 

About the programme
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


We are living in turbulent times. The arctic ice cap is melting at a dramatic pace. More and more people are moving to the global North escaping dire conditions in the global south.  Growing insecurity due to poverty, climate change and political instability is becoming a global challenge. In this elective on Addressing Global Challenges, we examine the growing number of global challenges listed in the United Nation’s lists of global issues and sustainable development goals. To provide you with a deeper understanding of global challenges, we take a closer look at the dynamics and the consequences of globalization, including the structural inequalities between a global south and a global north. We discuss how these challenges can be met at a global level through UN’s sustainable development goals and at regional and local levels through activities, which involves citizens, scientists and administrators. Our goal is to add a global perspective and a global responsibility to your education and to your future career.

Challenges and solutions

At the BA elective in Addressing Global Challenges, you will meet teachers with a wide-ranging knowledge of different regions in the world. You will do case work on specific local challenges in our GC lab, and discuss possible solutions with local partners outside the university.

Among the questions that will work with are the following:

  • Why do challenges become global, and why do they influence people unequally?
  • How do international organisations, states, NGOs and citizens respond to these challenges?
  • How are developmental goals and more specific solutions to global challenges formulated, decided and implemented?


Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish University. Futhermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with supplementary subject. 

ECTS requirements

It is a requirement that you have passed 60 ECTS credits in your core subject before 15 April. Introductory courses are not included when calculating these ECTS credits. 

Level requirements

English B

History B or History of Ideas B or Comtemporary History B or Social Science B

If you do not meet the level requirements, you can supplement subject levels.

Restricted admission

40 seats. The number of seats is indicative and can be adjusted continuously by the university.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) obtained in the core subject in the Bachelor’s degree by 15 April. Propaedeutic courses are not included in the GPA.

All Bachelor’s supplementary subjects require a sufficient number of participants. Therefore, we kindly urge you to make up to four applications to make sure you are admitted to a Bachelor’s supplementary subject in case your highest priority is not offered. The same applies if your highest priority has restricted admission and not all qualified applicants are admitted.

Non-permissible combinations of subjects

You cannot take a supplementary subject in the same field as your central subject. The general rule is that you may not choose a Bachelor’s supplementary subject with the same title as your central subject.

If you are supplementing a subject level in the Danish upper secondary school and do not finish the supplementary subject before August, you have to upload the documentation that you are registered for the supplementary subject to your application for admission no later than 1 August. Deadline for uploading documentation for passed supplementary subject is 5 September.

Academic Regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:

Structure bachelor

Student Life

The academic life on Addressing Global Challenges

You will be part of an interdisciplinary academic environment, that is a part of the Department of Global Studies, where teachers from many different countries study the various regions of the world. Addressing Global Challenges also has an interdisciplinary learning environment, where the intellectual backgrounds of students from all study areas are valued and respected.

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A BA elective in Addressing Global Challenges will provide you with global awareness, interdisciplinary agility and give you a cross-regional perspective to your basic study programme. At the elective you will learn to think globally and reflect on the differences and inequalities in today’s world. You will be trained in analyzing specific global challenges.

Not least, you will be competent in formulating goals and finding solutions to global challenges together with external partners in Denmark and elsewhere in the world. You will gain competences in bringing much needed knowledge from the humanities into the discussions of how to solve global challenges.