Berlin has been at the center of European history over the past two centuries as the hub of industrialization in the nineteenth century, capital of the Third Reich, and a city divided by Eastern and Western power struggles during the Cold War. Since reunification in 1989, Berlin has continued to evolve as a vibrant world capital offering a fascinating historical landscape.
Berlin is a dynamic city marked by active involvement in the European Union, progressive social welfare policies, struggles with political extremism, and tensions over immigration. Berlin has also long been a center for art and architecture, and was once home to the Bauhaus movement. More recently, since the fall of the wall, Berlin has been a prime location for experimentation in contemporary architecture and urban planning. Today, Berlin’s landscape attracts many artists and architects whose impacts have transformed the city into a progressive place with seemingly unlimited potential.
Lexia makes use of this unique urban landscape by offering students a first-hand opportunity to study the changing notions of German and European identity and the continuing impact of history, politics, and memory on the daily lives of Berliners.
"The excursions were a great way to get out into the 'real' world, and relate what I read or heard about to physical locations—this helped me to form a better understanding of Berlin and its history."