Semester: WiSe 2023/24

In a city so deeply marked by its history, the institutionalized processes of collective memory have faced continuous challenges from anti-, non-, and para-institutional forces. Who and how decides what needs to be publicly remembered? How do these decisions shape our understanding of Berlin's past and present?

This course explores the dynamic interplay between activism, art, and public remembrance in Berlin from 1989 to nowadays. Through mixed methods and practice-based research, the course delves into the spatial politics that shape the social significance of public spaces in relation to our collective past, and analyzes the current strategies employed by different organizations to contest official memory practices up until today. The course includes planning site visits, engaging with present organizations and initiatives and producing a critical reflection on our role as active participants in shaping public memory.

Semester: WiSe 2023/24

The course is held in German. Prior knowledge in German is not required. Grammar may be explained in English where necessary. We will work with a lot with pictures, audios, a German book and useful exercises. Everyday situations will be practiced. This course is designed for students interested in learning basic German, in communicating in everyday situations, and in preparing for the Goethe-Institut Certificate Start Deutsch A2. The certificate is not part of the course, but can be taken after the successful completion of the German course at the Goethe-Institut Berlin. 


Semester: WiSe 2023/24

Für die Studierenden der COIL Kurse bieten wir im WiSe 2023/2024 ein Begleitprogramm mit Dr. Maria Zimmermann an.

Das Programm besteht aus insgesamt drei Terminen und dient der Vor- und Nachbereitung, sowie der Beratung während der COIL-Kurse mit einem Fokus darauf, wie die internationale Kollaboration zwischen den Studierenden gut gelingen kann.

Bei der Auftaktveranstaltung im Oktober (Do. 19.10. von 17:15 – 19:30 Uhr) (online) thematisieren wir die Grundlagen zu Kulturellen Kompetenzen und die Relevanz von gelingender Kommunikation in diesem Zusammenhang. Gemeinsam erarbeiten wir dabei, wie wir den interkulturellen Austausch mit den internationalen Studierenden in den COIL Projekten gut gestalten können und beschäftigen uns in dem Zusammenhang auch mit den möglichen Herausforderungen, die dabei aufkommen können. Das Auftaktseminar im Oktober dient der Orientierung und Vorbereitung auf den Austausch innerhalb der COIL Projekte. 

In der begleitenden Veranstaltung Anfang November (Do. 2. November 16:15 – 17:45 Uhr) (online) werden wir erste Erfahrungen austauschen, um auf etwaige Herausforderungen während der COIL-Projekte eingehen zu können. In diesem Teil tauschen wir erste Erfahrungen aus und erarbeiten gemeinsam Lösungen für aufkommende Herausforderungen.

In der Abschlussveranstaltung im Februar 2024 (Mi. 14. Februar 18:15-19:45 Uhr) (in Präsenz) werden wir gemeinsam mit allen Berliner Studierenden die COIL-Projekte reflektieren und uns damit beschäftigen, welchen möglichen Nutzen die gesammelten Erfahrungen für die zukünftige akademische Laufbahn haben könnten, sowie konkrete Pläne zur Umsetzung dieser Bestrebungen erarbeiten.

Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse

In this course we will explore the world of art and artists in Berlin, and learn how to use basic journalistic skills to interview and profile them. 

Semester: WiSe 2023/24
Semester: WiSe 2023/24
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The seminar reflects on perspectives of curating and making exhibitions in Berlin. The course involves visiting Berlin’s museums, galleries, and project spaces. The colloquium provides conversations with Berlin based-curators and artists. It allows students to explore and understand the contemporary curatorial practice of the city by visiting and analyzing different institutions, reading theoretical texts, and developing a practical case study. The topics focus on urban culture, contemporary arts, and queer studies. The course is ideal for future researchers and cultural workers that want to explore the work of curatorial research and exhibition-making. The work performed by the student includes readings, group discussions, and curatorial writing strategies, and it concludes with a conceptualization of making an exhibition proposal as a final project.

Semester: WiSe 2023/24
Semester: WiSe 2023/24

“Artists from Abroad in Berlin: A Journalistic Exploration” is a hands-on course that
invites students to discover and engage with artists who have come to Berlin from
abroad. Berlin’s thriving and dynamic arts scene has long drawn theater-makers,
writers, actors, poets, musicians and visual artists from all over the world. In this
course, we want to critically examine the experience of displacement and dislocation,
the challenges of mobility and the demands of integration, but also the positive aspects
of finding oneself in a new place and making it one‘s own, establishing a life and finding
a community here. In addition to this theory-driven component, students will also learn
and apply basic journalistic skills as part of a hands-on exploration of the worlds
created by these artists from abroad, in Berlin. Finally, students will have a chance to
meet and speak with artist guest speakers from a range of fields, in addition to doing a
deep dive on the life and work of one artist from abroad, who they will profile for their
final project.

Semester: WiSe 2022/23

COIL steht für Collaborative Online International Learning und ist ein Ansatz, bei dem Studierende aus verschiedenen Ländern und Kulturen in gemischten Gruppen zusammenarbeiten, um eine Aufgabe gemeinsam zu bearbeiten.

Die gemeinsame BeCOIL-Initiative von neun Berliner Hochschulen hat zum Ziel, die Internationalisierung der Curricula voranzutreiben und globale Kompetenzen durch kollaborative Projekte für alle Studierenden und Lehrenden zugänglich zu machen. Es ermöglicht den Erwerb interkultureller Kompetenzen, ohne Berlin verlassen zu müssen.

Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse

Sammlung von Auslands-Erfahrungsberichten von  Studierenden. Die Berichte umfassen die Regionen Afrika, Asien, Australien, Nord- und Lateinamerika.

Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse
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The seminar reflects on perspectives of curating and making exhibitions in Berlin. The course involves visiting Berlin’s museums, galleries, and project spaces. The colloquium provides conversations with Berlin based-curators and artists. It allows students to explore and understand the contemporary curatorial practice of the city by visiting and analyzing different institutions, reading theoretical texts, and developing a practical case study. The topics focus on urban culture, contemporary arts, and queer studies. The course is ideal for future researchers and cultural workers that want to explore the work of curatorial research and exhibition-making. The work performed by the student includes readings, group discussions, and curatorial writing strategies, and it concludes with a conceptualization of making an exhibition proposal as a final project.

Semester: WiSe 2022/23

Berlin’s rich museological landscape lends itself to in-depth exploration of Germany’s difficult heritage: How are the upheavals of the 20th and 21st centuries, especially, remembered and represented? This course aims to enable the students to get to know a number of Berlin museums focusing on Memory and Post-WWII migration using anthropological methods and to critically analyse them within larger theoretical frameworks of “self” and “other” constructions. To explore the role of museums in rendering such constructions visible and therefore debatable.

Semester: SoSe 2022



Semester: WiSe 2022/23
Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse

Das International Office sowie die Stabsstelle Internationalisierung sollen zu einer einheitlichen Abteilung zusammengeführt werden, der Abteilung "Humboldt International" zusammengeführt werden. Die dafür notwendige Umstrukturierung wird in einem ersten Schritt in diversen Arbeitsgruppen besprochen und vorbereitet. Dieser Moodle-Kurs dient der Unterstützung der Arbeitsgruppen, indem er die Möglichkeit bietet, die in den Sitzungen besprochenen Inhalte hier zu hinterlegen, thematische Schwerpunkte zu vertiefen, neue inhaltliche Fragen über das Diskussionsforum einzubringen und bereits eingestellte Inhalte jederzeit erneut abzurufen. In einem zweiten Schritt erfolgt die Etablierung der neuen Abteilung auf Grundlage der bereits erfolgten Arbeitsgruppensitzungen.

Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse

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Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse
Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse
Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse

The course focuses on mapping and listening to acoustic territories in Berlin. It allows academic research for exploring and understanding the city by sensing aural environments. Structured in theory and practice, the central questions of the course are: which sonic elements can we encounter in navigating historical and contemporary maps? Which methods of research and practices exist in the act of mapping with sound? How can we generate sound maps? The course reflects the city's cultural, social, and political dimensions from a transdisciplinary approach through analyzing and creating maps by listening. It allows students to explore auditory territories, gain strength, and develop knowledge and individual perspectives on cultural and urban studies. The mapping methods are practice-based on field recordings, soundwalk, and sound diagramming exercises. The academic readings and discussions will introduce the student to the field of sound studies. 

Semester: SoSe 2023

This course explores reflections on the structure and purpose of the university and the role of philosophy within that institution as put forward by German philosophers in the 19th and 20th centuries until today. The University of Berlin was founded in 1809/10 following a series of philosophical university reform writings: it was the first research university in history. Wilhelm von Humboldt in particular had the idea to create a new kind of university in which teaching and research would form a unity, in which science would be independent of political interests, and in which students would receive a universal education. By reading key texts by philosophers such as Kant, Schelling, Fichte, von Humboldt, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Marx, Heine, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, we will trace how ideas relating to university reform and education policy changed and were implemented in the course of the last two centuries, also in light of the most recent European university reform: the Bologna Process in 1999. 

Semester: SoSe 2022
Semester: SoSe 2023