Starting in the academic year 2012/2013, the Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt University Berlin are introducing a two-year Master of Global History as a joint English-language program.
The Master of Global History offers a program in which students learn to reconstruct the history of global entanglements and global processes, mainly in the modern world but with reference to their genesis in earlier eras. The key feature of the program is that it is based on close cooperation between History and the area studies. The idea is not to simply convey a macro-perspective on global change. Rather, students are encouraged to acquire in-depth knowledge about the culture and society of a single region, and will learn to situate that region's history – through comparisons, and through a focus on interactions and exchange – in the context of global structures and transformations.
The program is based on courses that specifically address issues of global history; courses that focus on the history of a specific region – Africa, East-Asia, Europe, the Islamic world, Latin America, North-America or South- and Southeast-Asia – and situate it in larger global contexts; and courses that students take outside of their focus area. Students enrolled in the MA Global History will be able to choose from a broad range of courses in the History and area studies departments of both universities.
Students holding a bachelor's degree in History or in area studies can apply for the master's program. Applications for the master's program that starts in October 2012 can be submitted beginning around the 1st of July to the 15th of August 2012 (please consult the indicated webpage for updates).
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