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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | bologna.lab | Projects | Berlin Perspectives | Courses | Summer Semester 2015 | Changes in Berlin's Social Landscape over the Last Three Decades

Changes in Berlin's Social Landscape over the Last Three Decades

Taught by Astrid Sundsbø/Jana Kunze

Tuesday, 10:00 - 14:00, every two weeks, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Course taught in English with some German depending on participants' skills

Language requirements: English B2


Course Description

From being a divided city on the frontline of two different world regimes, Berlin has developed more and more into a global metropolis. The change of the geo-political context of the city has also led to changes in its social structure, which has become more obvious in certain parts of the city than in others.
Established population groups moved away, other groups moved in and shaped these areas in different ways. After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the first striking changes occurred in the area of Prenzlauer Berg.
These developments have been documented in various academic studies.
In this seminar, the attention will be drawn towards other parts of the city, which have also gone through a tremendous change in their social structure over the last three decades, yet received less attention from the scientific community. The aim will be to gather information about the developments of these areas and to understand the underlying mechanisms and causes by drawing on different perspectives and

Seminar language

The seminar will be held primarily in English, but we will integrate German material adapted to the German skills of the participants and encourage smaller groups to use German as their working language.
Comments, posters and presentations are welcome in English or German.


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