Nazi Germany - Rise and Fall

Why was Germany such an aggressive power? How did Hitler manage to gain power? Why did the Nazis kill millions of innocent people in concentration camps? The course will provide answers to such questions via readings and excursions to the grounds in Berlin on which the events between 1933 and 1945 took place.


Course periodJan. 9, 2023 - Jan. 27, 2023
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
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 Nov. 15, 2022, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee730.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)
Description

In two World Wars, Germany tried to dominate the globe in the first half of the 20th century, and all major decisions were made in the capital Berlin.

Why was Germany such an aggressive power until 1945? How did Hitler manage to gain and keep power? Why were many Germans Nazis and deeply racist? How was the life of ordinary people during the war? Why did the Nazis kill millions of Jews and other innocent people in concentration camps? What were the long term effects of World War II? What happened to the Nazis after the war?

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 grounds on which the events between 1933 and 1945 took place.

Syllabus

Syllabus (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes; 15 hours per week).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions

 

Schedule (Track C):

Monday: 5.05 pm – 6.35 pm & 6.45 pm – 7.30 pm
 
Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.50 pm
 
Thursday: 9.00 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 12.30 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, Ice Skating, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2 - proof will be required
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students of all subjects with an academic background that qualifies them to participate in the course. Students should have a strong interest in the various aspects of German History.

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.

Ms. Stefka Wiese

Stefka Wiese is a social scientist and urban planner. Her main interests are economic sociology (with a focus on socio-ecological transition and comparative capitalism) and transition processes within urban systems and regions. Her regional focus lies on Germany and Europe, including the transition in Eastern Europe. She studied at Technical University Berlin and Humboldt University Berlin. Beside her scientific work she is professionally working as a consultant in the field of ecological transition of economic and urban systems. 

She regularly teaches in the fields of political sciences and economics at Humboldt University and at International School of Management Berlin. 

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: