Imagine yourself as a child or a teenager, who lives in Berlin during the First or the Second World War, under the Nazi regime, or when the city was divided between the East and the West. What would you do, where would you spend most of your time, what could you learn at school? What would be your dreams and aspirations? This course equips you with knowledge and skills that help you to reflect on the questions about Berlin history and culture, the life of its inhabitants, and socio-political developments in Germany and Europe in the 20th century. By looking from the children's perspective, the course raises the topics of war, racism, eugenics, humanitarianism, victim/perpetrator dichotomy, displacement, child welfare politics. In the class, we will discover a variety of children’s experiences, read personal stories and testimonies, analyze historical documents, watch movies, contrast and compare child policies and politics during war and peacetime. We will analyze how different events of this turbulent century shaped the present-day Berlin and Germany. The course builds a bridge between the past and the present and uses historical knowledge and critical analysis in discussions on the current socio-political problems and events. I also invite you to reflect on our own experience in the dynamic cityscape of Berlin.
language requirements English B2
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website:
In order to participate, you have to register through the Berlin Perspectives online registration form:
Registration period: 15 September – 25 October 2020:
Seminar places are allocated to the students registered and present in the first session.
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
Berlin Perspectives is an international and interdisciplinary course program for incoming international students to complement their regular studies at Humboldt-Universität. It is also open to regular HU students who may enroll as part of their elective course requirements (üWP). Courses are taught in English or in bilingual German-English formats.