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Berlin from 1900 to the Present day

Module Code: GE429
Module Name: Berlin from 1900 to the Present day
Module Coordinator: TBC
Not Running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

In this module you will:
  • examine the particular role that Berlin has played in the development of German culture and politics (from Wilhelmine Germany to its re-instatement as capital of a re-united Germany)
  • analyse the way in which the emblematic status of Berlin has been reflected in, and continues to exercise a decisive influence on, a variety of different art forms (including the novel, architecture, the cinema, poetry, and painting)
  • consider Berlin’s dual role during the Cold War as a political and cultural capital on the border between East and West
  • explore the concept of division – topographical, political, cultural and psychological – as reflected in Berlin and the texts it has inspired
  • examine the relationship between past and present and the particular significance of cultures of memory in contemporary Berlin
  • determine the extent to which the city has managed to maintain a continuous identity in the face of repeated political upheaval in twentieth-century German history.

Assessment Method:

Either one 4,000 word essay or a 3-hour examination.