The choice is yours

When you arrive at Jaruplund, you will have to choose from a lot of different classes. Besides from the academic programme you need to choose 3 different classes; subject A - Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning; subject B - Wednesday afternoon; and subject C - Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the elective classes, the programme also offers a range of common classes for the entire group. These are meant as an inspiration to all.

You can see the week schedule right here.

Below is a description of the different classes.

(Click above for quick links to the sections)





Whenever you follow a discussion on ethics, political ideologies, freedom of speech, science, gene technology, global warming and questions regarding ‘what it means to live a good life’ you will find that all these topics have roots to philosophy. Even when you turn on your favorite TV-show or whenever you read a good book, you will find that many of these stories are essentially based on philosophical ideas.

Philosophy does not provide any easy answers, it is instead a subject that questions what you think you know and many times leaves you more confused than you were to being with. However, it is also a subject that encourages you to engage in discussions with others, to find common ground and explore different ideas together.

During this course, you will be introduced to different philosophical ideas throughout history as well as some of the contemporary philosophical topics. You will be introduced to ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science, metaphysics and existentialism. You will learn to think critically, understand different viewpoints, analyze arguments and view problems in a broader context.

Teacher: Jeppe Kirkegaard


Art asks questions and challenges both the one who experiences it as well as its creator. Art involves different crafts and techniques, but is also about experimentation, expressing yourself and communicating with the outside world. In art lessons, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in your work, a process that is both challenging and confrontational. During this course, you will get the opportunity to work with:

Drawing: Drawing is the foundation of all art courses and the easiest place to start. You will learn to see contour and how to sketch drawings with both pencils and ink. The aim is to give your drawings life, vibration and expression.

Painting: The starting point is the modern canvas painting, where we create images with brushes, scrapers and palette knives on canvas or plate. You will initially receive a few bound assignments and lectures in color theory and composition.

Sculpt: The body of the sculpture is the starting point. Learning to see the contour with pressure points of the form is important in order to maintain the firmness of the body. Experimenting with material and form in three-dimensional experiences is both challenging and engrossing. You can work with widely different materials such as granite, wood, clay, plaster or wax in both bound and free tasks.

Teacher: Ole Præstkær Jørgensen



Borders and Europe

Can we travel Europe - from the class room? The teachers, Peter and Elena, have spent the past seven years traveling Europe fra north to south, east to west through their project “Our Europe”, talking with and interviewing young Europeans.

In this class, we will be reading texts of all sorts; academic, prosaic, fiction, non-fiction, short, long - and watch films and look at works of art about Europe made by people who themselves have travelled. We will head out into the borderland of Schleswig and create our own works with the experiences and meetings we have in the area - text, sound, lyrics, video and more.

We will also be working with the participants own stories and experiences with border regions or minorities in Europe; be it through music, literature, art, food, or football

In the end we want to publish a book with drawings, lyrics, novels, photos, recipes, and other works made from our experiences - where ever they were made or what ever they are.

The class is divided in two: One part is teaching in the class room, where we will be discussing and learning about works and stories from and about Europe og explore major European themes such as identity, community, economy, borders, and a lot more. The other part is the students’ own story telling, where you will learn and get help to collect, create, and tell stories in your own way.

Teachers: Peter Hauberg-Lund Laugesen and Elena Maria Askløf

Music – Rhythmic playing and chorus

Room for everyone and plenty of opportunity for challenge. Music speaks its own language and is a form of communication that brings together all types of people. It spreads joy and community as well as develops one creatively but also on a personal level. In this subject, we train your musical skills, whether you have been playing or singing for several years, or you are starting from scratch. The focus is on lifting your general musicality and the ability to interplay with others.

You start out by picking an instrument or vocals/chorus, and then the lectures alternates between instrumental and vocal practice in small groups and in interplay. During interplay, the focus is on the internal musical communication, to listen to each other while you make your musical contribution. Here you will experience the right balance between identity and community.  


In order to make the best performance all vocals and instruments needs to be distinguishable. We will work on confidence and sharpness in expression, and the courage to perform. With music, it’s like so much else in life: How far you reach depends on how much energy you put into it. The school’s music room is open 24 hours a day, and we provide the framework for your success, the rest is up to you!

Teachers: Simon Møller & Rigmor Eybye

Practical projects

In this subject, you will have the opportunity to participate and lead different parts of a practical project, as well as solving different practical tasks in collaboration with others. In this subject, the results of your work, and the work of your team, will be visible to everyone visiting the school.

The subject will consist of a combination of theory and practice in the form of planning and execution of a project. We are currently working on making a green and sustainable area east of the lake next to the school, and as part of this project, you will assist in building a shelter in this area, which can be used by you and future Minority Changemaker Programme students. The project aims to contribute to the UN’s 17 development goals, and you will be part of the first team in 2020 to work on this sustainable project. Furthermore, this subject compliments the other subject ’personal development and leadership’ well.


You can consider this subject as well as your entire stay at Jaruplund Højskole, as a platform for inspiration and shaping of your future – in an unforgettable community, where the voices of minorities are heard and respected in all of Europe.

Teacher: Kay Boysen



Personal development and leadership

(NB: This class covers both subjects B and C)


In this subject, you will be given various leadership tools for both self-leadership and in professional use for group, and project management. The subject is based on self-leadership as the foundation for being able to lead others. We work with personal development and study different psychological concepts in order to apply these theories in practical use.  We therefore start by creating a toolbox with psychological theories and view on human nature, which may affect one’s ability to self-lead. For instance, we work with attitudes, settings, internal language, feedback, values, habits and own goals. Once we have mastered these we move onto general leadership tools that will enable you to lead professional meetings, groups and projects. All of which you can use going forward, whether in future studies, jobs or in relation to minority organizations and recreational activities.

We will look at differentiated management styles and get around:

-       The value of clarifying expectations

-       FIRO models

-       The difference between a group and a team

-       Role clarifications

-       Visions, objectives and communication thereof

-       Planning and implementation

-       Presentation techniques

The lectures will alternate between theory, dialogues, practical leadership tasks and feedback. You will learn how to set goals and develop effective plans of action to secure fulfillment. You receive the prerequisites for creating a secure foundation of self-leadership as well as being able to lead others. In conclusion, this subject will help you be able to take on a variety of future leadership tasks.

Teacher: Karsten Dressø



Are you the kind of person who loves to use your body and sees physical activity as a welcome break in everyday life? No matter if you are competitive person, you want to get in better shape or just love to have fun with sports and exercise with others, then this subject is the right choice for you.

In this course, we will train both individually and in teams. We will play team sports such as volleyball and floorball, you will also have the opportunity to improve your personal form with cardio training, or use the school’s fitness equipment to improve your strength. The scenic surroundings around the school and the nearby lake provide the opportunity for beautiful walks, canoeing or swimming, and with a short walk of a few kilometers will take you to “Jaruplund Sportzplatz” which offers plenty of sport activities. This subject has its focus on exercising, but will also be accompanied with theoretical lectures on the body, physiology and techniques.


Everyone can participate and learn something new regardless of physical form. The only requirement is that you are not afraid of sweating a little and that you are ready to have a good time.

Teacher: Simon Møller


Political Sociology - “what if we’re wrong?”

If we look at the world a 100 years ago, we think: “wow, good thing I wasn’t born back then! Life is so much better now!”. And we’re right - think of the progress we as humans have achieved since then; we are far richer, far healthier, and we work far less almost no matter where in the world we look. Besides from a few setbacks, surely the past 100 years have brought prosperity and better lives.

But here’s the thing: In another 100 years, hopefully our descendants - out children and grandchildren - will say the same thing. Hopefully, they will look at our time and say: “wow, good thing I wasn’t born back then! Life is so much better now!”. Because if they don’t, clearly we are doing something wrong.

This class dares to take a critical view on our society and all the things we take for granted and true - and the class asks the question if the things we believe in are actually true?

This is not a class about all the things we KNOW are wrong and we need to change. We all know we need to fix the climate, we need to stop producing too much food and eat too much - and there are diseases, hunger, and wars we need to fight. But we already know that. No, this is a class that asks, if all the things we consider to be good - or at least better than the alternative - are actually good for us? So we will be looking critically at things like democracy, market economy, the educational system, ecology, and sustainability.

Why? Because if we don’t dare to ask the questions and challenge our own beliefs, how are we suppose to actually improve the world?


The purpose of this class is not to give you answers. It is to make you more confused than before - but on a higher level.

Teacher: Jens Horstmann



Opera is an art that requires attention from several of our senses. The interaction between music, scene and lyrics is quite demanding, but if you break the code, you’re all ears. We open the doors to this world with great pieces such as Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, which contains both beautiful music, something as unusual as cold-blood love, comedy and seriousness all in one. 

Teacher: Rigmor Eybye


The board game factory


Unleash your inner geek and join us when we pull out our cardboards. Whether you want to try out new board games, create your own, paint miniatures, design the coolest Dungeons and Dragons campaign or simply want to be better at chess you’ve come to the right place!

When you create your own board game, you have to consider things like theme, number of players, whether the game is meant to be played casually or competitive, mechanics, etc. In the board game factory we will be playing a series of different games together and explore what makes a board game a fun experience.

Once we have gotten over these basics together, the board game factory turns into a creative workshop where you can work on the projects you find most interesting. You will receive the feedback you need, whether you need help on designing your board, how to publish your game, how to make your pen & paper campaigns more interesting, or how you make the correct opening moves in competitive games.

Teacher: Jeppe Kirkegaard


Piano – Mozart or hidden inner pianist?

The piano stands out as one of the most universal instruments in music, regardless of whether we are talking about theory or practice. All basic music theory can be explained and learned from the piano, and its chord and melodic options allows you to accompany all kinds of music at time. This subject will develop your musicality whether you are trained or a beginner, to understand and master the piano at a level that is right for you.

Lectures will take place as individual lectures or in small groups. We will go through the basic music theory behind piano playing, but we will for the most part focus on playing. You will learn to play chords, which work well when accompanying sing-alongs and interplay, as well as melodic music where the piano shines. The school offers plenty of opportunity to improve your piano playing, as there are several available pianos around the school that you are also allowed to use in your free time.

Teachers: Rigmor Eybye & Simon Møller

The future, the past - and the infinite space!


If you brought a person from the year 1800 up to present day, that person would be completely blown away by the stuff we have now a days. That is hardly a surprise. Perhaps it is a bit more surprising that a person from the year 1900 would feel the same way? But again, hey, a lot has happened, we have computers, right? Well, I can tell you, that a person from 1950 would also be blown away. And if this has you curious, try bringing yourself from 10 years ago up to present day: Your 2010-you would be pretty surprised to find Netflix, 3D-printers, functioning electric cars, Yelp, Spotify, re-usable space rockets, ApplePay - and a whole lot more.

Welcome to the exponential era. In another 10 years it is absolutely likely that your “today” will feel as antiquated and outdated as the 1950’s feels for us. It may sound like a fantasy, like something totally unrealistic, like crazy science fiction. But it’s not. It is very likely reality as calculated and pointed out by some of the leading experts in the world.

In this class we will try to understand the so-called exponential acceleration of our society: What is it, why is it happening, how can we be so sure that it is actually happening, and what are the consequences for us? We will be discussing self-driving cars and advanced solar panels; what are the consequences for our society, if transportation is automated or when fossil fuels become obsolete? And things get strange when computing power eclipses human intelligence and solves unthinkable problems: What do we do, if humans in the future will live to be 150 or 200 years old? And what does all of this tell us about our future as human race.

Prepared to leave this class asking yourself fundamental questions about your own existence. After all, why are you so sure you even exist?

Teacher: Jens Horstmann



Personal development and leadership - see above

If you choose this class, it covers both subjects B and C.


Art - minor class

During this arts course, you will learn how to sketch drawings, paint images on canvas and sculpt. Art involves different practical crafts and techniques, but is also about experimentation, expressing yourself and communicating with the outside world. In art lessons, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in your work, a process that is both challenging and confrontational.

You are welcome to join this arts class no matter your choice in Subject A.

Teacher: Ole Præstkær Jørgensen

COMMON CLASSES (Fridays + some weekends)



Good and clear communication is a prerequisite for our messages to be heard and understood correctly. There are however, many different aspects that can affect our communication, cause us to be misunderstood and make it so that our message is not being received properly. In this subject, we will create awareness of some of these aspects, and thus provide the tools that can strengthen a clear communication as well as our presentation techniques. A form of communication that will help us develop each and everyone so that we can take part in daily minority dialogue / communication in a good a constructive way. We will get around various communication tools, including filter for communication, body language, assumptions versus facts, interviewing and presentation techniques, and work on internal and external communication.

Teacher: Karsten Dressø


Mis(use) of history

What separates and unites people? What defines a national identity? Can we divide people into boxes based on race, religion, place of birth or historical background? These are some of the questions we will be dealing with in this subject. From the concept of “imagined communities” we will aim to understand how we have changed our way of defining communities throughout history. Furthermore, we will aim to identify what it is that gives people the feeling of being connected to their fellow citizens, even when members of a specific nation will never get to know the majority of that nation’s citizens.

Can our national identity and affiliation be determined simply by what geographical borders our parents are born inside? Get ready to learn the story and places of significance that have created your own mental community and whether or not you can find examples of where history has been abused in relation to these ‘imagine communities’. 

Teacher: Simon Møller


Outside the bubble

“Outside the bubble” is where we keep informed and discuss the latest news. We learn how to navigate social media and identify fake articles and news on the internet, as well as staying on the beat on what goes on in the outside world.

We will engage in discussions on current political subjects such as UN’s 17 development goals, green ideology and climate change and talk about how we can help mitigating these changes.

You will receive a variety of communication tools, such as being able to analyze arguments and identify logical fallacies, as well as some insight into rhetorical devices.

Teacher: Jeppe Kirkegaard


Music history

In this subject, you will be introduced music theory and be able to identify the things that distinguishes different music genres, as well as their background from medieval monk chanting to modern Jazz and World Music. We will look at the role that music has had throughout different historical eras and will train different techniques that will help us listen to and analyze music pieces. This is a subject where questions regarding music’s natural beauty and aesthetically expressions flourish, questions such as ‘what is music?’ and ‘why is it that a music experience can be so intoxicating?’ Music history is a subject that challenges your ears but also provides tools to which you can delve deeper into music. 

Teacher: Rigmor Eybye


Debate and discussion

Too often, debate is misunderstood. Sometimes, people consider debate and discussions as futile and frankly a bit scary. And often, we try to avoid it, because we don’t like to disagree.

An integral part of any Højskole is the ability to debate properly, to engage in discussions with each other and express honest and frank viewpoints - and be even better friends afterwards. In a democracy, disagreement is a strength, not a weakness. We are supposed to keep arguing; it is the whole point of democracy to not have just one opinion dominate the debate.

In this class, we will first and foremost have lots of debate. You will be asked to have an opinion about many things; also things you didn’t necessarily thought you had an opinion about. The point is to teach you the good debate - how to address other points of view with great effect, but also respectfully. The point is to teach you to ask “why” in stead of “how” - a mistake often made by many journalists. And the point is to teach you to not care about the person expressing the point, but only caring about the point itself.

Teacher: Jens Horstmann


History of art

From cave paintings to deconstruction. In this subject, we explore the greatest points in the history of art. You will hear about the importance of art in culture and religion and how that art reflects culture in different eras, from the first traces of the primitive man to the modern contemporary art. 

Teacher: Ole Præstkær Jørgensen