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Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer 02181297
Semester WiSe 2018/19 SWS 2
Rhythmus jedes Semester Moodle-Link  
Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache englisch
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Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Gebäude Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer/-innen
Mi. 10:00 bis 12:00 c.t. wöch 17.10.2018 bis 13.02.2019  0323-26 (Seminarraum)
Stockwerk: 3. OG

HVPl5-7 Institutsgebäude - Hausvogteiplatz 5-7 (HV 5)

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Gruppe 1:

Zugeordnete Personen
Zugeordnete Personen Zuständigkeit
Kaban, Duygu verantwortlich
Tülü, Banu Cicek verantwortlich
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Universitätsverwaltung, Studienabteilung (I), Administration Qualitätspakt Lehre, bologna.lab

ECTS Points: 5

Language requirements: min. English B2


Berlin has a multi-layered and contradictory landscape; high-rise buildings and gated communities next to squats, dense urban areas next to a huge urban park, etc. Over the course of the 1990s and 2000s, over 50 percent of the city’s public housing stock has been sold to private investors and the city has become a highly desirable destination for international property investment (Holm 2007). The lack of affordable housing and a rise in the speculative real-estate market spur new discussions about gentrification. Meanwhile, inhabitants and newcomers fight for their rights in the city. The focal point of this course is an examination of the changes associated with urban development in Berlin and “counter actions” as urban social movements. This interdisciplinary course explores urban activism in Berlin through several lenses, including: housing, urban environmental activism, community gardening and political power relations in the city. From the perspective of urban activism, this course offers an analysis of the origin, context, and structure of theory of right to the city, urban commons, social justice, participation, grassroot organizing, and urban development policy. Within the broad theme of “urban activism”, the course focuses on the ways in which neighbourhood/inhabitant experiences and citizens’ e orts collide to produce different forms of resistance within Berlin’s political sphere.


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Harvey, David. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 in Social Justice and the City, Second Edition. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Miessen, M. & Basar, S.(Ed.) Did someone sad participation?, MIT Press, 2006.

Holm, A. & Kuhn, A. “Squatting and Urban Renewal: The Interaction of Squatter Movements and Strategies of Urban Restructuring in Berlin”, in: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), 35. Jg, Nr. 3, S. 644-658, 2011.

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This seminar carries 5 ECTS.

For international incoming students and HU students.

Language requirements English B2 minimum.

NO registration via Agnes.

Application via Berlin Perspectives ONLY: BP Module application


Internationale Programmstudierende / International exchange students.

HU-Studierende im ÜWP.


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2018/19. Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024.
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