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German "Social Market Economy" - A Better Capitalism?

Germany is a powerful exporter in various economic sections, a large industrial power with global significance. But it's also leading with its social welfare system and has developed a unique system, the "Social Market Economy". How could it gain that power after the Second World War? How do capitalism and social welfare fit together? What are the pros and cons of the "Social Market Economy"? What kind of reforms are debated in Germany today?


Course periodJuly 23, 2018 - Aug. 17, 2018 Session II
Category Social Sciences, Politics & Education
Course levelsBachelor
LanguageEnglish
Class size

max. 18 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a certificate if they attend classes regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-Universität.

Application deadline June 1, 2018, or when participant quota is reached Registration will open soon
Early bird discount50.00 Euro until Feb. 15, 2018
Alumni discount50.00 Euro
Course fee630.00 Euro

Description

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and it’s industrial powerhouse – selling cars like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and VW and chemical products like “aspirin” to the world. The quick recovering of the German economy after World War II still appears as an “Economic Miracle”.

The seminar will air the secrets of this success by exploring the sophisticated German system – the “Social Market Economy”: How is efficient capitalist order combined with a huge welfare state? How are conflicts smoothed by incorporating the unions into “Social Partnership”? You will be surprised how modern efficient capitalism and medieval traditions are merged into “Social Market Economy”.

The course will explore the German economic system by lectures, readings, facility visits to industrial plants (e.g. BMW), excursions to the Museum of History, the governmental district and to innovative projects (e.g. cooperatives). Furthermore we will compare the German system with your country to find solutions for a better capitalism.
 

Syllabus will be available soon
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 C)

Tuesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 11.45 am

 

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

Advanced undergraduate  students of business and economics, politics, history, social sciences and students with an academic background that qualifies them to participate in the course

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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