The University of Vienna offers a new specialized postgraduate degree course in Economic and Social History, starting from October 2008.
Deadline for enrolment for the two-year M. A.-degree course at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies is October 15th, 2008 for the next study year. The degree course is organized by the Department of Economic and Social History of the University of Vienna and will be taught together with the Department of Economics.
This degree course in Economic and Social History is interdisciplinary in character. It offers an introduction into theories and methods of economics, social and cultural sciences and relates to economic and social developments in global, national and regional contexts from the Middle Ages until today.
Students will gain competences to understand the development of economy and society as mutually connected historical processes. They will also develop skills to analyze these processes and to present the results in public and academic discussion.
The curriculum includes:
- An introduction to the theory of (historical) sciences; lectures on skills and methods of scientific research and communication in the first term.
- An introduction to the theories and methods of economics, social and cultural sciences.
- Problems and research in economic and social history, including research seminars in Economic and Social History and Applied Economic and Social History.
- In the last term of year 2, students will finish on a research-based M. A.-dissertation (with a maximum of 35,000 words).
Detailed information on the course curriculum and on the aims of the individual parts of the degree course is available (in German) at:
Language of instruction will be predominantly German. However, there are lecture courses which will be taught in English and the proportion of English-language lecture courses will increase in the medium term. Minor and major course work may be submitted in English and also the M. A.-dissertation may be written in English upon specific request submitted to the Director of Studies. The University of Vienna welcomes foreign students and offers inexpensive German language training for enrolled students.
A graduate degree course at the University of Vienna offers:
- intensive lecture courses with a small number of students
- independent course work of students, teamwork and common workshops
- supervisions by faculty
- a broad range of relevant lecture courses offered by various disciplines of economics, cultural and social sciences at the University of Vienna
- first-class research infrastructure, libraries and archives
- attractive fees
- rich cultural life of the City of Vienna
Students with the minimum requirement of a B.A.-degree or an equivalent university degree can apply for the degree course as of now. Formal inquiries or applications are made through the University of Vienna, Administrative Office of Educational Affairs, Referat Studienzulassung. We request all applicants to also contact the Department of Economic and Social History of the University of Vienna when they apply.
Department of Economic and Social History
University of Vienna
c/o Professor Markus Cerman
Karl Lueger-Ring 1
Fax: 43 1 4277 - 9413
Further information on the department and on the degree course is available (in German) at: http://wirtges.univie.ac.at
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