GERMANY

GENTRIFICATION, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND THE ARTS IN GERMANY

Faculty Leaders: Natasha O. Fletcher, Ph.D. (natasha.fletcher@rutgers.edu), Zachary D. Wood (zachary.wood@rutgers.edu), Department of Public Policy and Administration

Travel Dates: March 9-19, 2017 (Spring Break)

Class Meeting Times:  Wednesday 4:20-5:40pm (Fist meeting 1/18/17)

Course number: 50:975:351, Cross-listed with 56:606:613:I6

Program Cost: Approximately $3,100*

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This course will teach students about gentrification and social movements in German cities as well as expose students to the rich cultural heritage of Germany.
We will explore topics such as:
• the effect of globalization and neoliberalism on German cities,
• the ramifications of growing ethnic/cultural/religious diversity on the shaping of neighborhoods and public space,
• the displacement and threat of displacement of low- to moderate income residents in gentrifying neighborhoods,
• the history, tradition, and efficacy of social movements and their evolution over time,
• current social movements such as “Right to City”, rent strikes, squatting, radical "leftist" protests, peaceful demonstrations, street art & graffiti), as well as the history and tradition of such resistance strategies
• rent ceilings imposed by state or city governments to preserve affordable housing
• the role of government, non profit sector, and other entities in shaping the urban space
• utopian organizations and methods to ameliorate the corporate, capitalist take-over of public space such as socialist collectives and the proliferation of the solidarity/sharing economy

Prior to the travel component, students will examine these topics through selected readings, multi-media presentations, discussions, assignments, and instruction.

The intellectual preparation coupled with useful information about the German culture and customs prepares students for the 10-day journey through Germany where we will explore the topics discussed in class “hands-on” through site visits, lectures, and city tours. We will spend 3 days in each city, beginning with Berlin in the Northeast, then traveling by train to Hamburg in the North, and finally Kӧln in the Midwest. Students will be able to synthesize their intellectual knowledge by:
• touring (via walking and public transit) newer, older, and gentrified
neighborhoods,
• becoming “urban pioneers” through extensive excursions through these cities,
• engaging in the “classroom” in the streets where we will make regular stops to discuss our observations in relation to the intellectual material,
• visiting with protest groups, initiatives, organizations, centers, community leaders, and other local experts to hear about their objectives and take on current plans and developments and have the opportunity to ask questions,
• attending university/research lectures on topics related to our course.

In Berlin, students will connect with researchers from the TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN: URBAN RESEARCH AND DESIGN LABORATORY to hear about the latest urban developments. In addition, students will participate in an alternative tour and meet with a local, renowned artist who will share her story about having lived in Berlin for the past decade. We will explore both, the upscale and affordable housing stock, gentrified neighborhoods and neighborhoods in transition.

In Hamburg, students will connect with 2 local community initiatives – the RIGHT TO CITY group and the KOMM IN DIE GÄNGE group. In addition, students will participate in an alternative tour and meet with a recent graduate of the university and expert on Hamburg’s ethnic “burning point” neighborhoods and street art movement. Students will also take an extensive tour of this port city and meet with locals for Q&A.

In Kӧln, students will meet staff from the AUTONOMES ZENTRUM KÖLN (Autonomous Centre Cologne) and an alternative, communal living/work initiative who will discuss co-op / communal housing and work co-op based on principles of solidarity and collective wellbeing. Students will also meet with a group of locals to discuss their experiences of living in the city over decades, their opinions on changes, and an opportunity for Q&A.

Finally, students will experience Germany's rich traditions and culture through city tours, boat tours, museum visits, visits to local restaurants, cafe's and other gastronomical establishments, sightseeing (e.g. Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Cologne Cathedral), and local entertainment (e.g. symphony, ballet, theater, disco, soccer match).

PROGRAM COST INCLUDES

 

Airfare

Hotels

Some meals

HTH Health Insurance

 

PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

 

Visa (if applicable)

Vaccinations (if applicable)

Passport Fee (for those without a valid passport)

 

*Program cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.