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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | bologna.lab | Projekte des bologna.labs | Berlin Perspectives | Lehrveranstaltungen | Wintersemester 2015/16 | The EAST/WEST Competition – Urban Planning, Cultural Policy And Economics in Divided Berlin

The EAST/WEST Competition – Urban Planning, Cultural Policy And Economics in Divided Berlin

Taught by Michael Grass

Monday, 12:00 - 14:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Language requirements: min. English B2



Course Description

This seminar examines the dualism in urban planning between East and West Berlin chronologically. Seminar presentations and two field trips trace the diverse targets and demands of capitalist and socialist urban planning. For the analysis, we do not only consider architectural and formal aspects. Cultural contexts, political ideas and funding strategies will be looked at as well.
The two field trips are planned as four-hour blocks. In order to prevent absence on other seminars for more than one time, the starting time for the trips vary. 
Field trip dates and rendezvous points will be presented in the first session. 
The field trips involve travelling with public transport. Please ensure, that you will have a valid ticket.
Material, presentations and all reading can be found on the Moodle archive, once the seminar has started. The archive is restricted to participants of the course, an access key is provided in the first session.

Course Requirements

  • Active participation in class discussions and field trips.
  • Attendance Policy: You may not miss more than 20% of seminar time, that is 3 sessions. If you do know you have to miss a class, let me know in advance in order to arrange a make-up task, if necessary. In the case of illness or other unforeseen situations, do e-mail me as soon as possible. You are asked to send some written confirmation of the emergency/sick certificate to the admin team as well (berlinperspectives@hu-berlin.de). Do become familiar with public transport in Berlin. Especially for the field trips: work out how to get to the sites in advance. It is the students’ responsibility to get to the sites on time.
  • Participation in a presentation or a group presentation on a field site
  • A summary of a text including the moderation of the discussion (max. 2 students)
  • Written assignments: You are asked to hand in one written assignment – one printed copy and one copy as a PDF via email to me. For your essay you may choose one of three topics. Essay topics will be presented during the first session. Requirements: 1800 – 2000 words double spaced, Times New Roman MLA-style citation. Written work can be submitted in English or German.
  • Plagiarism Policy: The presentation of another person’s words, thoughts, ideas, judgements, images or data as though they were your own, whether intentionally or unintentionally, constitutes an act of plagiarism. The penalty for this is failure of the course.