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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | bologna.lab | Projekte des bologna.labs | Berlin Perspectives | Lehrveranstaltungen | Wintersemester 2015/16 | FUNDING BERLIN - Alternative Economic Strategies, Activism and Urban Change

FUNDING BERLIN - Alternative Economic Strategies, Activism and Urban Change

Taught by Michael Grass

Monday, 14:00 - 16:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Language requirements: min. English B2



Course Description

This seminar investigates some projects and alternatives in urban devolepment – one time avantgarde and contemporary pioneers. We will explore building cooperatives; talk to urban gardening activists; and listen to former squatters present their projects, their visions and their funding strategies. A publication of the results will be prepared with the help of professional publishers and editors. This seminar targets students interested in urban sociology and planning, metropolitan studies, German cultural history, economics, and cultural management. It will impart theoretical knowledge as well as fundamentals of producing and publishing academic writing.
The field trips and group works 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. Students are asked to upload their material for all other participants of the course prior to their presentations.

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.