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GM4075   Berlin: Modernity and the Metropolis

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to honours german

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)

Scheduled learning hours: 18

Guided independent study hours: 132

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


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