ONLINE COURSE: The Transatlantic Relationship After Trump: Politics, Law and Culture

Have you ever wondered how a change in leadership affects the interrelations between nations? In this course, we will explore the historical relationship between Germany and the United States, and see how the contemporary relationship stands. Come join us as we use factors such as globalism, populism, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism to understand the future of this relationship.

Course periodJuly 19, 2021 - Aug. 13, 2021 Session II
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

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 May 15, 2021, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee650.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


Defined by both the post-World War II Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and global conflict since 9/11, the transatlantic relationship now stands under new and unique strains. This course aims to explore the contemporary relationship between the US and its European partners—in and outside the EU and NATO. This relationship has frayed in the almost 20 years of the new century and seems especially challenged under the US leadership and foreign policy goals of the Trump Administration. European domestic policy also contributes to the complexity of the relationship, and especially policies of America’s vital ally Germany.

This course aims to clarify continuities and changes in the transatlantic relationship. First, what is the history of US involvement in Europe?  What theories and practical necessities background the relationship? How are these concerns increasingly challenged by factors such as globalism, populism, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism? Perhaps most importantly, how do political and cultural changes in the US and Europe contribute to our understanding of the relationship going forward.


Preliminary Syllabus (PDF)

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 (50%)
  • group exercises (25%)
  • assignments and self-study (25%)


Track C

Weekly schedule of virtual class room sessions:

  • Course days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Time: 4.15 pm - 6.30 pm (Berlin time, UTC+2)
    10.15 pm – 0.30 am (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    0.15 am – 2.30 am (Sydney time, UTC+10)
    9.15 am – 11.30 am (Chicago time, UTC-5)
Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students of all relevant subjects with a strong interest in the course 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.

Mr. Philip Michelbach, PhD

Philip A. Michelbach is Associate Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University in the US.  He also has experience teaching in Europe — 2013-2014 he was Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Potsdam, and he also led the Fulbright American Studies Summer Sessions at the Humboldt University from 2015-2017.

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

This course can be combined with: