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|Class Status:||1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year||Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.5|
|Language Requirement:||none||Open to Non-UVa Students:||No|
|Housing:||Hotel||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Credit Type:||Direct Credit||Program Type:||Faculty led|
|Tuition Payments Made To:||UVA||Education Abroad Advisor:||Leah Barber|
|Application Fee:||Yes||Subject Area:||Cultural Studies, German|
In this January Term program, we will experience Berlin as a geographical and spatial prism of the long, troubled and exciting history of Germany. Instead of proceeding through this history and culture chronologically, we will allow specific urban sites and places to guide us through Germany's past, present and future. Our walking tours, readings and discussions will take us through the architectural, cultural, and urban history of Berlin and modern Europe. Loaded with our own maps, cultural histories plays and architectural guides, we won't just read about German cultural history, we'll walk through it and touch it. While learning about Frederick the Great of Prussia, we’ll visit his magnificent castle in the small town of Potsdam. After listening to the catchy songs of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, we’ll tour the theater he founded and watch a performance. We’ll discuss the 1936 Olympics and the rise of Nazi Germany while taking a seat in the Olympiastadion and walking through the ruins of the SS and Gestapo Headquarters. Having watched the iconic photos taken during the Soviet take-over of Berlin, we’ll enjoy the view from the roof of the reconstructed Reichstag.
Students will also be given plenty of time to research their own projects in an experiential manner: students interested in Jewish-German culture can gather their own materials from Berlin's monuments and museums; students interested in Islam in contemporary Europe can visit the Islamic Cultural Center in Kreuzberg; students interested in life in the former East Germany can walk the working class neighborhoods of Prenzlauer Berg. This course will be an intense and rewarding experience of a singular urban metropolis, one marked with cultural and historical diversity at every corner.
Berlin and the Geography of Memory
There are no prerequisites for this program.
January 2009 Class in Berlin
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Humboldt University, Berlin