The trip was planned as part of the college’s enrichment programme to help students develop their knowledge of their chosen subject area.
The students visited a variety of educational sites including the Sachenhausen Concentration Camp, Checkpoint Charlie and the Stasi Museum, where Psychology students could reflect on the context and tie this in to their social influence and forensic psychology studies. The students also visited key locations in the development of WW2 and the separation of East and West Germany during the Cold War which forms part of the A Level programme for History students.
Philosophy students also had the chance to broaden their knowledge and reflect on their philosophy of religion module during their visits,while students studying A Level English Language and Literature had the opportunity to see the words of their coursework text Stasiland by Anna Funder come to life.
Students Joseph Eckersley & Tjalle Rumley took part in the trip and said “it provided useful contextual knowledge on modern day and post-war Germany, this in turn allowed us to refer to this knowledge in exam situations. The trip also allowed us to understand German mindset in the periods we were visiting and first hand knowledge of key events that we are studying. We found the Christmas markets particularly enjoyable and supplementary in understanding the German culture.”