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The Berlin Wall - Tales of Division and Unity

The Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of division for the city of Berlin, Germany and much of the world from 1961 to 1989. It was not only a significant factor for Germans’ daily life but also was a symbol for the global political situation and the reason for the peaceful German revolution of ’89. Let’s take a look at the rise and fall of such a controversial monument and how it still impacts life today.


Course periodJuly 24, 2017 - Aug. 18, 2017 Session II
Category History & Culture
Course levelsBachelor
LanguageEnglish
Class size

max. 18 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2017, or when participant quota is reached This course is fully booked.
Early bird discount50.00 Euro until Feb. 15, 2017
Alumni discount50.00 Euro
Course fee630.00 Euro

Description

For almost 30 years, the Berlin Wall was a symbol of the division of the city of Berlin, of Germany and of Europe during the era of the Cold War between the two superpowers, the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Consequently, the fall of the Wall in 1989 was a hugely symbolic turning point in world history. But how can we explain the building of such a dividing monument? How can we account for its fall in 1989? And how does the Wall influence our lives today? The course will provide answers to such questions via readings of texts from political science, sociology and history, while also taking the opportunity to explore the ground on which the events between 1961 and 1989 took place.

Syllabus

course program (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes; 11 hours per week). The lessons are held three times a week.
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions

 

Schedule (Track B)

  • Monday: 9 am – 10.30 am & 11 am – 12.30 pm
  • Wednesday: 9 am – 10.30 am & 11 am – 12.30 pm
  • Thursday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.30 pm – 4.15 pm

 

Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students of all subjects with a strong interest in contemporary history, social sciences, politics, European studies.

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Dr. Jochen Hille

Dr. Jochen Hille, born 1972, is a political scientist. His main interests are welfare studies (mainly health and labor market policies), European Integration and the construction of national identity. His regional focus lies on Germany and Norway. He studied and carried out research at Freie Universität Berlin, Philipps University Marburg, Universities of Bergen and Oslo (Norway), ETH Zurich and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

 

Beside the scientific work he is professionally working as a consultant for social policies and as a project manager/social worker in diverse governmental labor market programs. He gained a wide range of teaching skills in governmental programs, in civic education, public schools and by teaching high ranked governmental professionals.

 

In academia he regularly teaches political sciences and economics on the welfare state at „Berlin School of Economics“, the „University of Cooperative Education Plauen“ and the „University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management“ and occasionally at Best-Sabel University, HTW and Business School Berlin.

 

In the HUWISU program he has been teaching since 2013 the courses on:

The Berlin Wall
Nazi-Germany – Rise and Fall
German: Social Market Economy – a better Capitalism?

CoordinatorPierre Steuer | pierre.steuer@hu-berlin.de
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin
Germany


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