This course studies Berlin as a city, a national capital, a hub between Eastern and Western Europe and a case study of globalization. It analyzes the various definitions of globalization and how it affects cities with regard to their economic and social structure, and their challenges and solutions in fields such as energy, mobility, and housing. The course also introduces the functioning of European markets, their integration into a global economy and what that means for people who live in large European cities.
In a comparative perspective we will analyze how the establishment of a European Single Market with a common currency, the Euro, and the financial and debt crisis led to a new relationship between politics and the economy. We will also look at different responses to globalization and compare debates in the US, Germany (Berlin), France (Paris) and Russia (St. Petersburg).
The course offers various opportunities for contact and practical experience through excursions, discussions, and guest lecturers from businesses, associations, political institutions, and diplomacy. An IES Abroad field study trip to Paris and St. Petersburg will round out the course.