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Summer Study Visits


Berlin: City of Reinvention
Session One: 11 - 15 June 2018
Session Two: 18 - 22 June 2018

Immerse yourself in the capital of Germany. Both a mecca for start-ups and a capital of an influential European powerhouse, Germany, Berlin is a city ever associated with one of humanity’s most harrowing political regimes.  Severely damaged in World War II, cruelly divided by a wall, it has emerged as one of Europe’s most dynamic cities and a destination of choice for the young and minorities.

This course teaches participants about one of the world’s great cities and explores how it shapes the lives of its citizens through its institutions and power structures. Participants will examine how its eventful 20th century history has shaped its attitudes of the 21st century and explore its resourceful nature as a city of reinvention.  The course asks participants to reflect on personal agency and discover how individuals can shape the future of whole communities. A draft schedule will be available shortly. Please note that this may be subject to change. 

Who is this course for?
This course designed to welcome students studying a range of subject areas interested in discovering the city of Berlin and exploring how citizenship shapes how cities and communities are built and rebuilt through history. Participants will embark on a personal adventure by joining this highly interactive, skills and knowledge-building programme that is designed to stimulate them intellectually and empower them personally.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Develop cultural intelligence and understand key aspects of social, economic and political change in Berlin and Germany. 
  • Explore the mindset of a Berlin citizen and understand the different ways in which Berliners exercise personal agency to change their communities.
  • Explore concepts of civic engagement in a German context through interaction with social entrepreneurs and start ups.
  • Develop soft skills including entrepreneurial thinking, leadership within team work, communication and  presentation skills.
  • Build personal confidence and sense of global citizenship.

Teaching and assessment
Students will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work activities. Learning will be very active and participants will develop their knowledge beyond the classroom through tutor-led excursions and guest talks, with an emphasis on encouraging ongoing independent learning and critical thinking. Assessment will be comprised of a group video blog with personal reflection elements (totalling the defined equivalent of  words). 

How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open shortly.

Additional costs
Flights, accommodation and subsistence are additional costs. If you would like us to arrange affordable accommodation for you at a city centre location, please email

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