Master's Programme in European Studies, Humanities Track
The humanities track of the master’s programme in European Studies discusses Europe as a political project, with a historic, and contemporary critical, gaze. From a common climate agenda, to Brexit, to a wavering euro, to growing national and xenophobic movements, Europe as a political project is confronting some of its most decisive challenges. As a student of the programme, you will develop critical tools and engage in key scientific debates for understanding Europe as an idea, its cultural heritage, and organization of power.
As a student of the programme, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary milieu in close collaboration with the Centre for European Research at Gothenburg University. We offer you a unique possibility to combine historic and theoretical knowledge with contemporary social and political perspectives on today’s challenges in Europe. The humanities track is a collaboration between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences, and teachers from history, history of ideas, political science, history of economy, sociology, and theory of science contribute to our teaching. You will have access to a wide range of mentors involved in a diversity of research areas.
Focus on your personal interests
You will explore a broad range of topics, including political, historical, ideational, cultural, economic, and social aspects of contemporary Europe. One semester is dedicated to your choice of an internship or elective courses. An internship allows you the opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge you acquire during the programme into practice, and we have a history of students pursuing successful internships at major European Union institutions, the United Nations, foreign ministries, and other public and private organizations and companies. If you want to deepen your focus in academia, you may alternatively choose elective courses. Lastly, we offer four methods specializations that you can choose from according to your ambitions.
We collaborate with universities around the world, for example the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States, Fudan University in Shanghai, Charles University in Prague, Sciences Po in Paris, and Konstanz University in Germany.
Why choose the humanities track?
In the humanities track, we aim to provide you with the critical tools and key scientific debates for understanding Europe as an idea, its cultural heritage, and organization of power. We scrutinize, among other things, nationalism, globalization, international relations, heritage practices, and identity politics, from the point of view of European history and thought. You will develop your skills in critical analysis, textual interpretation, analysing cultural practices, and elaborating your own arguments concerning European politics and culture.
Programme structure and content
The first semester of the humanities track consists of three mandatory courses: European Heritage and Identity, European Borderland, Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture.
In the second semester, you can choose elective courses in Sweden or abroad, or do an internship for a half or full semester.
In the third semester, you choose one of the following semi-elective courses: Social Europe, European Environment, Europe in the World. Then, you choose among the following four methods courses: Applied Statistical Analysis, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Problems and Design, Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists.
The last semester is dedicated to your master’s thesis, with seminars and peer review to assist you, along with individual supervision.