A non-refundable programme fee, in addition to the tuition fee, is applicable. The programme fee, which includes the social programme, is to be paid within one week after registration at the latest, along with the tuition fee.
Everyone is welcome in this programme. It is ideal for students who have a background in modern international relations, history, and supplementary courses on the world wars or global politics/history. However, the course is also designed for those without such training who have an interest in international relations. Students planning careers in diplomacy, journalism, or academia will find this course especially beneficial.
Please visit our website (www.fubis.org) for an overview of all courses on offer and any organisational changes that might affect the course programme.
Please also visit the FUBiS *free* digital lecture series which offers a broad overview of the academic course offer of the programme: http://www.fubis.org/2_prog/online/index.html.
Get to know one of our instructors, Dr Robert Teigrob (“The Cold War"), with this short interview on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/aqPvzvT1eo0
About this course
Over the course of the Cold War, the city of Berlin was frequently at the centre of global tensions and a potential front line should the superpower rivalry descend into actual war. This course utilises the city of Berlin as a laboratory in which to examine the origins, nature, and conclusion of the Cold War that defined international relations between 1945 and 1991. We analyse the Allied occupation of the city following the Nazi defeat, the Berlin blockade, and the airlift that helped solidify the divisions between East and West. Next, we will examine the workers' uprising of 1953 that provoked a Soviet military response. The following sessions will deal with the emigration crisis of the late 1950s that led the Soviets to first threaten a military takeover of the city and eventually to construct the Berlin Wall. Finally, we will look at the fall of the wall and the subsequent reunification of Berlin and Germany. Field trips to important Cold War sites will permit students to gain a deeper appreciation of how the Cold War changed Berlin, and how events in Berlin influenced the wider international struggle. In order to place the interests and goals of the superpowers in context, we will also discuss the ways in which the Cold War rivalry affected Europe as a whole, as well as how it affected Asia and Latin America. Attention will be given to the role of international organisations such as the United Nations in world affairs and the changes brought about by the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In this way, we will examine the roots of contemporary crises. Students will gain an understanding of the recent past, which will help equip them to evaluate the current and emerging international order.