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CityLAB: Berlin

Explore your passion for architecture, art, history, political science, studies in war and peace, computer science, and German in one of Europe's most dynamic cities.

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  • History Program

    CityLAB:Berlin introduces students to the history, politics, and culture of Germany in the classroom and through field trips. Courses Include:

  • Berlin History Seminar

    No other country in Europe has seen within the last 100 years such dramatic changes in its political and social structure as Germany. In the classroom and through field trips in and around Berlin, students get as close as possible to understanding this immense topic. In Berlin, seminar students will study urban planning, where no new piece of architecture goes without public debates and political controversy. They will go to Siemensstadt, a nonprofit residential community built 1929-31, an example of the building reform movement and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Other trips include the Deutsches Historisches Museum and German-Russian Museum. Student will also conduct a field study, which examines the architectural traces of 40 years of GDR history.

  • World War II Seminar

    This course offers a historical survey of the Second World War in Europe and examines the social, cultural, and political issues that led to the outbreak of the war, as well as the historical consequences it had for Europe in the second half of the 20th century. It will emphasize the experiences of civilians and the effect the war had on the home front, and examine how individuals and nations have represented and memorialized their wartime experiences. Students will read a variety of primary and secondary sources and will have the chance to engage with some of the main historiographical debates and scholarly interpretations. The class will also include visits to historically significant memorial sites and museums.

  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust Seminar

    This course examines the political, military, cultural and social history of Germany during the Nazi rule, 1933-45. Topics include the rise and destruction of Hitler’s Third Reich from its origins, through the meteoric rise of the National Socialist Movement, to its demise. Special attention is given to the sources of support for Nazism among German voters, the structure of the National Socialist state, the role of Adolph Hitler, Germany’s role in the Second World War, and the Holocaust. The assignments are designed to benefit students by helping them develop intellectual and communication skills that apply not only to the study of history, but also to other academic disciplines and to a variety of professional pursuits.

     

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