ONLINE COURSE: The Berlin Wall and the Cold War Era

The Berlin Wall was 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 a 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 periodJan. 6, 2021 - Jan. 26, 2021
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
Course levelsBachelor
LanguageEnglish
Class size

up to 15 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2020, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee650.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee

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, in order to further investigate the ground on which the events between 1961 and 1989 took place.

Syllabus will be available soon
Course structure

The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 45 contact hours.

 

The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (30%)
  • group exercises (30%)
  • assignments and self-study (40%)

 

Weekly schedule of virtual class room lessons:

  • Course days: Monday and Wednesday
  • 10.00 am – 12.00 pm (Berlin time, UTC+1)
    5.00 pm – 7.00 pm (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    8.00 pm – 10.00 pm (Sydney time, UTC+11)
    3.00 am – 5.00 am (Chicago time, UTC-6)
Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students of cultural studies, history, environmental planning and students with a strong interest in the topic.

This course is taught in English, including readings in English. For the understanding of the texts and the discussions in class a language level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required.

Participating students need to be at least 18 years old.

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/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin
Germany

huwisu@hu-berlin.de

This course can be combined with: