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Summer 2017: Berlin

Berlin: Capital of Modernity

  • Berlin, GERMANY: June 3 - July 1, 2017 (4 weeks)
  • TRAVL-UG 9500 | 4 credits | Instructors: Karen Hornick (NYU Gallatin) & Fredric Smoler (Sarah Lawrence College)
  • LEVEL: Undergraduate, NYU and non-NYU students
  • TOPICS: Literature, film, cultural history, World War II, and more
  • DEADLINES: Round 1: Dec. 5 | Round 2: Feb. 6 (priority for Gallatin Dean's Scholarship) | Round 3: March 6

Info Session

Meet Prof. Hornick and learn more about the course! Location: 1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building)

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 ~ 3:00pm–4:00pm ~ Room 801


Berlin

Course Description

Some of the most thrilling, momentous, and terrible events of the 1900s occurred in Berlin, which present tales of warning and inspiration to the present century. This four-week interdisciplinary seminar tracks these major events and traces change through the study of primary materials (literature, film, art, buildings, music, political discourse) and secondary readings drawn from a range of disciplines including history, sociology, philosophy, and critical theory.

Berlin's streets, buildings, memorials, and cultural monuments offer cautionary tales about the folly of nationalist ambition; inspiring sagas of intellectual and physical courage; cold testimonials of crime and retribution; lyrical ballads of brutal honesty; personal records of hope and despair. From one perspective, all of these narratives are episodes in an epic whose grand and central scene is World War II; this is the point of view to be adopted in this course.

Students will take in many of the sights and sounds of old and contemporary Berlin but will focus on the involvement of twentieth-century, Berlin-based politicians, activists, artists, architects, bohemians, writers, and intellectuals with the causes, experience, and consequences of World War II. Our period of study begins just before the outbreak of World War I and ends during the astonishing building boom of the post-Wall 1990s and early 2000s.

Classes, taught in English, will meet four days a week. Survival German language courses will be offered daily. Group site visits will occur throughout the week and on weekends but students will be given ample opportunity to explore Berlin and develop individual projects. Field trips will encompass the rich resources of the city's museums, neighborhoods, historical sites, memorials, and cultural monuments.

Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 credits of the Interdisciplinary Seminar as well as the Humanities foundation requirement.



Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students of all NYU and non-NYU schools
  • Must have completed at least one full-time college semester before the course begins
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
  • Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2017 term

Expenses

  • Tuition, 4 credits: $3550
  • NYU Registration & Services Fee: $668
  • Program Fee: $850
  • Housing: $1350

Other Major Costs to Consider:

  • Round-trip airfare (students purchase their own tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates); students will be notified when to book flights
  • Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required
  • Most meals and local transportation
     

Financial Aid

The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.


Important Travel Details

Program Fee: Includes mandatory excursions, some meals, and mandatory international health insurance, which is provided for the program duration.

Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin. Students will live in apartments conveniently located near the classroom and must provide their own meals.

Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.

Helpful LinksLonely Planet Berlin, US State Department: Travel to Germany


Contact Info

NYU Gallatin Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
1 (212) 998-7133 phone
1 (212) 995-4265 fax
gallatin.global@nyu.edu


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