This course discovers the cultural diversity in Berlin's economic scape. Cultural diversity is a crucial term describing Berlin, where people with various ethnic background live together. This diversity is reflected in various business as well, such as ethnic restaurants, market places, and event location. For instance, more than 50 national cuisines are present among around 5000 restaurants in Berlin. This diversity of ethnic entrepreneurship is deeply involved in everyday life, such as doing grocery in a Turkish supermarket and having lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant. Ethnic entrepreneurship reflects multilayered connections of the local business to the origin of the represented culture and multicultural identity of the entrepreneurs. Who are the ethnic entrepreneurs in Berlin? How do they reproduce their national and international identity in their entrepreneurship? How does it interact with the city’s socioeconomic environment? This course aims to explore, critically analyze, and comprehend the cultural diversity and ethnic entrepreneurship in Berlin. Besides the introduction of key theoretical concepts to understand ethnic diversity of a global city, course participants will also work with the examples from Berlin’s multicultural economic sceneries to implement the learned theories in practices. For this purpose, participants are expected to conduct a small individual project to discover ethnic entrepreneurship in Berlin. Through these exercises, participants expect to develop individual perspectives in living together in a multicultural city.
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
Language requirements: English B2, German A1
You can register for this course online (no registration via Agnes!):
(registration period: 2 September – 13 October 2019)
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website:
Berlin Perspectives is an international and interdisciplinary module 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, German, or in bilingual formats.