International Children's Literature and Librarianship Course

From its notoriety as home of the Vikings, to its current status as home of the happiest people in the world, Denmark is famous for Hamlet, Kierkegaard, and leaders in architecture and design such as Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utsen, Georg Jensen, Bang & Olufsen and Bjarne Ingels. But Denmark also has a long and solid tradition of cultural production for young people — just think of Hans Christian Andersen, Tivoli Gardens and Legoland. 

Listen to a recorded webinar with the instructor, Dr. Marianne Martens, and a former student in the class, Christine Andersen, M.L.IS.

NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for the summer 2016 class. To receive information about future offerings of this course, please provide your contact information. You will receive updated information as it becomes available.

Course Description

Comparing international frameworks, we will look through a Danish lens to examine how literature, film, libraries and museums collectively generate cultural constructions of childhood. This academically rigorous class, which includes an online component and two weeks in Denmark, offers an engaging opportunity to examine the following:

  • What does it mean to be a child in other countries compared to the United States?
  • How do the issues faced by professionals working in these areas compare to ones faced by professionals in the United States?
  • What can we learn from another culture, and how can our new knowledge translate into ideas for practice in the U.S.?

Course Details

Hybrid course: Combines online course delivery with face-to-face class time in Denmark.

Offered: The next class is scheduled for summer 2016 (dates in Denmark are June 3-17, 2016).

  • Class in Denmark will be held based on the following schedule (which is subject to change): 

    • June 3: Travel to Denmark

    • June 4: Arrival and orientation

    • June 4-17: Tours and seminars at sites including (for example) the Royal Library School, the International Animation Workshop, Rosinante Publishers and an independent children’s bookseller, Helsingør (Hamlet’s castle) and a ministry of culture, and many Danish children’s libraries. There also will be opportunities to visit Tivoli gardens, take a ferry to Sweden, and visit several museums. 


  • Program fees (includes application fee of $60, plus lodging, venue admission, internal travel, some meals): $2,300
  • Travel to and from Denmark from Ohio: Approximately $1,500 (students are responsible for scheduling their own transportation to/from Denmark)
  • = $3,800 PLUS tuition
  • Tuition (3-credits, graduate level, based on Academic Year 2013-2014 - may change slightly): In State: $1,485, out-of–state: $2,511.
  • Not included: food and incidentals. (Approximately $50 per day minimum)

Questions? Contact Marianne Martens Ph.D., at or the Office of Global Education at 330-672-7980 or