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GM4075 Berlin: Modernity and the Metropolis

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module seeks to examine the particular role that Berlin has played in the development of German culture and politics (from late Wilhelmine Germany to its re-instatement as capital of a re-united Germany); to analyse the way in which the emblematic status of Berlin has been reflected in, and continues to exercise a decisive influence on, a variety of different art forms (including the novel, painting, cinema and architecture; to consider Berlin's dual role during the Cold War as a political and cultural capital on the border between East and West; to explore the concept of division - topographical, political, cultural and psychological - as reflected in Berlin and the texts it has inspired; to examine the relationship between past and present and the particular significance of cultures of memory in contemporary Berlin; and to determine the extent to which the city has managed to maintain a continuous identity in the face of repeated political upheaval.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for German

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the German Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar (x 7 weeks), 1-hour lecture (x 4 weeks), 1 office surgery hour (x 11 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 18
  • Guided independent study: 132

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof S Allan
Module teaching staff:Prof S Allan