Berlin - Culture, History and Politics (MLG2018)

15 credits

In the course of the 20th century the city of Berlin has been many things: a beacon of modernity, the seat of two dictatorships, a ruin, the frontier city of the Cold War, and the city that signified the Cold War’s end. This module encourages you initially to explore Berlin’s history, and then to explore cultural responses to its unique fate in literature, film, journalism, architecture and advertising. In particular, you’ll focus on the situation after World War Two, the long-term impact of the Berlin Wall and the importance of the 1990s capital debate, and consider topics like reunification and immigration.