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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - bologna.lab - Neue Lehre. Neues Lernen

Subcultures in Berlin

Taught by Florian Zappe

Monday, 10:00 - 14:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

starting: 05.05.2014 

Course taught in English (with parts in German, depending on language level)


Course Description

Berlin: a city of alternative lifestyles, the home of techno music, laid‐back house squatting and artistic innovation? Poor but sexy? Maybe.
This seminar will trace the cultural history of Berlin’s rich and diverse subcultural life after World War II – on both sides of the Wall and after reunification. Additionally, students will engage with key concepts of subcultural theory as well as the various social functions, identity politics and aesthetic concepts of subcultural practice.
Students are encouraged to introduce further subcultures into the discussion (e.g. Goth, Steampunk, gender discourse, football fan culture etc.) and explore Berlin’s subcultural scenes for their coursework.


There will be a special focus on improving students’ German language skills. The course will be taught in English but some of the texts discussed in class will be in German! A digital reader including all mandatory texts will be available on Moodle.

Credit Requirements

Regular attendance, thorough preparation of the reading assignments and active participation in class discussions, one presentation (ca. 10 ‐15 minutes) and a final paper (about. 10 pages) in English or German.