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Culture as an ”Operational Enabler” 

Culture as an Operational Enabler 

The aim of the course is to provide you with insights into those aspects of culture relevant to operations, including cultural theory and analytical methodology. You will learn how to apply these analytical tools to military thinking and planning of military oper-ations like stability operations, for example, thus enabling you to make the most of “culture as an operational tool”.

Entry Requirements
If you are enrolled in the Master of Military Studies programme (MMS), have completed a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, or have completed officer training at a similar level, you are eligible to apply.

Learning outcomes
After completing this course, you will have obtained the following knowledge, skills and abilities:


  • Knowledge and insights into theoretical approaches in cultural analysis, based on leading international research.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how cultural knowledge can be structured and applied as an integral part of military think-ing and planning.
  • Understanding of the importance of cultural factors when conducting military operations.
  • Understanding of how cultural analysis can be applied in an operational context.


  • Able to present and structure the acquired knowledge and insights into cultural representations and practices.
  • Able to interpret cultural representations and practices in a scholarly and analytical way and pinpoint areas for further in-quiry.
  • Able to assess and choose relevant theoretical approaches and apply them wisely to mission-specific cultural analyses.
  • Able to identify, analyse and assess those factors of operational relevance to the specific mission area
  • Able to apply cultural analyses in a military operational context
  • Able to develop and present, in scholarly fashion, analytical models to aid the integratration of cultural factors into military planning.
  • Able to succinctly communicate own analyses and findings to a wide range of professionals, military and civilian alike.


  • Able to independently identify and reflect on concrete matters of cultural relevance within the mission area.
  • Able to independently initiate and carry out professional and inter-disciplinary cooperation with a view to developing opera-tionally relevant analyses.
  • Able to independently reflect on and incorporate relevant cul-tural factors in military planning and staff work at both opera-tional and tactical levels.
  • Able to assist in the accomplishment of military tasks by providing operationally relevant cultural analyses to support decision-making in areas such as crisis management, planning, and strategic cooperation with local state and non-state actors.
  • Able to identify own developmental needs within the field of operational culture.

Course Outline
The course structure includes the following units of study:

  • Introduction to the main theoretical approaches in cultural analysis
  • Introduction to cultural analysis in conflict and war
  • Models for mapping cultural dynamics
  • The application of cultural analysis to military operations, to stability operations, in particular.
  • Scenario-based training

Teaching and study methods
This module is run as a blended learning course combining col-laborative distance learning with four targeted face-to-face teaching periods, two of them residential. You will be expected to put in about 10 hours of study a week in the distance-learning periods. 

Exam Regulations / Certification / Control
Exam type: individual written exam paper
Duration: 2 weeks from 2nd to 16th January 2018
Grading: IAW the Danish 7-point grading scale
Control: external academic examiner, University of Copenhagen.

Whilst blended-learning FLEX modules are primarily intended for students taking the Master in Military Studies programme, places, if available, may be offered to other Danish Defence employees.
Civilians not employed by Danish Defence are eligible to apply for those FLEX modules being offered in cooperation with civilian education institutions, but will be given lowest priority.

Participants must be in command of English as described in NATO standardization agreement (STANAG) 6001 : Listening: Professional (3), Speaking: Professional (3), Reading: Professional (3), Writing: Professional (3).

Face-to-face teaching periods
2-6 October 2017 Skalstrup
4-8 December 2017 Danish Defence College

Last updated 2019-05-08 - 09:05

Date of publication

April 2016

Target group

Academic students on Master's level

Level of Education

Level 7


5 ECTS-point


14 weeks part time study


See internal Education Catalogue.


Contact Course Director to apply.

Date of application

14 August 2017


 External students: 5.500 DKK.


Royal Danish Defence College
Ryvangs allé 1
2100 Copenhagen

Course director

Lecturer Rikke Haugegaard
E-mail: ISK-MK04@fak.dk
Tlf.: +45 72 81 76 64

Director of studies

Claus Rohde
Tlf.:+45 72 81 70 51

Objekt forkortelse





Sascha Hedberg
Tlf.: +45 72 81 70 82