language requirements English B1, German B1
Berlin is called the most sexually open capital of Europe today. Berlin is open to develop a personal sexual orientation and identity. In clubs, bars, workshops and festivals a brought range and mix of sexual orientations are created in different and also crossing scenes. Homosexual, transgender, tantric, polyamory, sex-positive and BDSM-oriented persons meet and celebrate and create new sexual technics and lifestyles. The government of Berlin has already recognized the economic dimension of the liberal sexual culture.
What does liberal sexual culture exactly mean? What kind of historical roots are important to analyze, e.g. the anonymity of the big city, the homosexual movement and the golden twenties? What was and is avant-garde and when it turns into commerce? We will discuss all these issues by visiting central places in Berlin in field trips, by reading texts and watching films.
The questions will be discussed in class not only by listening to the professor but by finding an own student research question and project, which will be pursued in groups. The final presentation will be a student film, a poster presentation, a website or another available format dealing with the sexual culture of Berlin. Please remark: Students motivation and participation are very important to this class.
The texts and handouts will be available for all students via Moodle. The films will be available via the media center of the HU Berlin.
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: