Global Cities in Focus: Berlin
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NSOS 3510
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
This course examines the development of Berlin in the context of theories of global cities, emphasizing the importance of economic development, cultural and social diversity, and geopolitics in shaping metropolitan areas, past and present. We detail Berlin.s rise from a small provincial town to the capital of the German Reich and the subsequent destruction of the city in World War II; Berlin.s relative decline and stagnation as a divided city during the Cold War; and its subsequent rebirth as the German capital following reunification. We pay particular attention to the way economic and cultural forces associated with globalization have affected Berlin.s recent development. There is an online collaboration with German students in Berlin, and students who complete this course have the option of taking a course in Berlin next summer to further their knowledge of the city.