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The University of Southampton

GEOG3003 Berlin Fieldcourse: Politics and Urban Space

Module Overview

The core of this module is a fieldtrip to Berlin. This fieldtrip is used to address questions about the production of urban space in twentieth-century Western Europe. Topics include: modern urbanism and architecture; political ideologies and monuments; memory and memorials; global capital and public space; the performance of urban space; and the reading/writing of urban space

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • • Be familiar with the various ways in which human geographers conceptualise space.
  • • Understand how urban space gets produced by various agents and through various processes.
  • • Be able to plan and carry out ethnographic research as part of a group.
  • • Produce convincing oral presentations and essays on the production of urban space.


This module consists of a residential fieldcourse and a series of related meetings and assignments. Currently, the venue is Berlin, a city which provides opportunities to explore topics such as modern architecture and design, the role of nation-states and political ideologies in the production of urban space, the urbanisation of memory, and the role of private corporations and 'the public' in the city. Drawing on visits to archives, museums, and sites in the city, students will explore these substantive themes in group projects. On return to Southampton, students will work independently on assessed work related to the fieldcourse, but with access to members of staff for supervision purposes.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Fieldtrip, lectures, site visits, group work, student presentations, seminars

Independent Study92
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Computer requirements. Laptops and ipads are made available to them during the fieldtrip.

Background textbook. Students are given a reading pack prior to arrival at the field site. Students are given long reading lists on their return from from the field site. All items on the reading lists are available in the library.



MethodPercentage contribution
Contribution 10%
Essay  (2000 words) 60%
Research proposal/encyclopedia entry  (2000 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: GEOG2035


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Costs vary each year in relation to student numbers, exchange rates, the teaching schedule for the week, and so on. But in recent years, students have been charged approx. £170 each for accommodation and related costs.

On top of these costs, students are expected to arrange their own transport to Berlin (flight and transfers), their own travel in Berlin (public transport), and their own lunch and dinner in Berlin (for six days).

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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