The Berlin Wall: A Journey from Totalitarianism to Democracy

Description

Concept by Ada Rigacci

Berlin has had an intense history over the past century, having been divided into two areas along with the German Democratic Republic. This division has had significant consequences over the decades, impacting social, economic, and cultural aspects of the city.

Additionally, the construction of the Berlin Wall had repercussions not only in Europe but also worldwide.

The course aims to provide teachers and school staff with the opportunity to reflect on the recent history of Berlin, a city that was once divided, through visits to the Wall and museums about the GDR, providing diverse perspectives and engaging on-site experiences.

The primary purpose of the course is to analyze the historical and social motivations that led to the division of Germany and their profound and lasting effects on both German and European society up to the present day.

Through this analysis, participants will gain valuable insights to convey to their students how totalitarian regimes work, what led to their establishment, and even more importantly, how to prevent such situations from occurring in the future.

During the course, participants will learn innovative ways to implement the history of the wall into school curricula, also using student-centered methodologies such as project-based learning and cooperative strategies, teaching them how similar situations can be avoided in tomorrow’s Europe and the world.

Furthermore, participants will acquire valuable insights to convey to their students the democratic values upon which the European Union is constituted.

By the end of the course, participants will know how to implement the Berlin Wall topic into their school curriculum and how to connect this to current socio-historical challenges as a crucial element for reflection.

What is included

 Unmatched Support: full day chat assistance

 Fully Fundable: tailored on Erasmus+ budgets

 Flexibility Guaranteed: easy changes with minimal restrictions

 360° experience: from coffee breaks to cultural visits

 Post-Course Training: 100€ voucher on 40+ online courses

Learning outcomes

The course will help participants to:

  • Understand the recent history of Berlin and central Europe;
  • Learn creative and cooperative activities to explain the history of the Berlin Wall;
  • Design student-centered activities to explain the history of the Berlin Wall;
  • Reflect on the experience of the Berlin Wall.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – The Berlin Wall

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Warm-up activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools;
  • The Berlin Wall: a brief history;
  • Berlin today and the diffused feeling of Ostalgie.

Day 2 – What is left from the Berlin Wall

  • Visit to the East Side Gallery;
  • The Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse.

Day 3 – State security in the GDR

  • State security and opponents in the GDR;
  • Visit to the Stasi prison.

Day 4 – Everyday life in the GDR

  • Designing driving questions about everyday life in the GDR;
  • Visit to the museum about everyday life in the GDR;
  • Visit to the Palace of Tears.

Day 5 – Explaining the Berlin Wall

  • Designing student-centered activities about the Berlin Wall;
  • What you take with you from the Berlin experience;
  • Sharing ideas and activities to be implemented in class.

Day 6 – Course closure and cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion.
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Upcoming sessions

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Berlin1-6 Jul 2024
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Berlin5-10 Aug 2024
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Berlin2-7 Sep 2024
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Berlin7-12 Oct 2024
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Berlin4-9 Nov 2024
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Berlin2-7 Dec 2024
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Berlin6-11 Jan 2025
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Berlin3-8 Feb 2025
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Berlin3-8 Mar 2025
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Berlin7-12 Apr 2025
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Berlin5-10 May 2025
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Berlin2-7 Jun 2025
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Dates and locations

You can register for any date, even if it's not yet confirmed, especially if you're interested in courses several weeks away. Once we have a few more enrollments, we will confirm the date. If we are unable to confirm it, we will offer you alternative options.

Berlin

Price: 480€*
OID: E10233216
  • Confirmed
    Confirmed means this session has reached the minimum number of participants and is guaranteed. However, you will still need to wait for our confirmation before booking flights and accommodation.
    1-6 Jul 2024
  • Confirmed
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    5-10 Aug 2024
  • Open to enrollments
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    2-7 Sep 2024
  • Open to enrollments
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    7-12 Oct 2024
  • Open to enrollments
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    4-9 Nov 2024
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    2-7 Dec 2024
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    6-11 Jan 2025
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    3-8 Feb 2025
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    3-8 Mar 2025
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    7-12 Apr 2025
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    5-10 May 2025
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    2-7 Jun 2025

Berlin, Germany

  • Confirmed
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    1-6 Jul 2024
  • Confirmed
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    5-10 Aug 2024
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    2-7 Sep 2024
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    7-12 Oct 2024
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    4-9 Nov 2024
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    2-7 Dec 2024
  • Open to enrollments
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    6-11 Jan 2025
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    3-8 Feb 2025
  • Open to enrollments
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    3-8 Mar 2025
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    7-12 Apr 2025
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    5-10 May 2025
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    2-7 Jun 2025

Cultural Activities

  • Discover Berlin Tour
    -> See famous landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, and Checkpoint Charlie
  • The Berlin Wall Tour
OID: E10233216480€*

*A 60 € late registration fee will be applied if you register less than 8 weeks before the course start date.
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