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Globalization and Public Policy: The European Context

V482/V582 Topics in Public Affairs (3 cr.)

May 17 - May 31, 2014

SPEA in Berlin provides students with a first-hand learning experience in public policy on contemporary European issues.  The course is taught at

The Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) which is ranked among the most prominent schools of public policy in Europe and offers state-of-the art facilities.  SPEA Overseas Education Program Director and Distinguished Professor David Audretsch, Professor Gregory Witkowski and HSoG faculty teach the course, and IU students are joined by HSoG students in the classroom.

After daily morning classes on current European Public Policy issues, students take afternoon fieldtrips to leading policy institutions and governmental agencies in Berlin. The program also includes an excursion to Potsdam, Germany, where students visit the palace of San Souci and the historical site where the Potsdam Treaty was signed.  Other cultural excursions include a boat tour on the Spree River, visiting a Turkish market, a guided walking tour of the city, and more.

  • V482 counts in the following SPEA undergraduate majors: BSPA Management, Legal Studies, and Policy Analysis
  • V582 counts in the following MPA concentrations: Public Management, Policy Analysis, Economic Development, and Comparative and International Affairs. The course may count as an elective for other concentrations with instructor approval.

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Students stay in double-occupancy rooms at the Ravenna Hotel near Berlin's Botanic Garden located in the Steglitz district of Berlin, with easy access to public transportation to get to various venues for the course. Free breakfast is available every morning at the Ravenna Hotel and lunches are provided at the Hertie School of Governance. 


Chemain Nanney

Assistant Director of International Programs