language requirements English B2
This course aims to explore, critically analyze, and comprehend the history of migration and the recent development of migrant economies in Berlin with a particular focus on migrant entrepreneurship. About 30 % of the total population in Berlin has migration backgrounds. Many of them are part of migrant economies in this multicultural city, such as in ethnic restaurants, market places, and tourist agencies. Migrant economies and entrepreneurship in Berlin are deeply involved in everyday life and it is essential to consider in what ways migration and migrant economies are integrated into ordinary life. Migrant entrepreneurship reflects multilayered connections of the local business to the origin of the represented culture and the multicultural identity of the involved individuals. Who are the migrant entrepreneurs in Berlin? How do they reproduce their national and international identity in their business? How does it interact with the city's socioeconomic environment? Course participants will work with the examples from Berlin's multicultural economic sceneries to implement the learned theories in practice. For this purpose, students are expected to participate in the field trips and to analyze migrant economies in Berlin with their hands-on experience. Through these exercises, participants expect to develop individual perspectives in living together in a multicultural city.
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.
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
! Please register for the courses before the semester starts both here in Agnes
and the Berlin Perspectives online registration form:
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website: