The master’s program “History” looks at past and present interpretations of history as creations of meanings of the present that are widespread in public discourse. They play a major role in the way we see ourselves, shape our perception of the present, and impact on the future. The task of historians is to research the past by means of methodical analysis of all sources available, to critically examine existing understandings of history and to offer new interpretations.
The thematic area “History in the Public”
In the thematic area “History in the Public”, students undertake critical analysis of the validity and effects of past and present interpretations of history and learn to reflect on its mise-en-scéne and instrumentalization. In addition to this, they acquire practical skill sets in the presentation of research findings. The professors in the thematic area “History in the Public” belong to the Institute of History: Besides their academic qualification, they possess a broad spectrum of competences in the subject areas museum management, archaeology, exhibition concepts, writing didactics, and film analysis. The program is further supported in the frame of cooperation with a number of local institutions. These include the Research Center for East European Studies, German Shipping Museum, Focke-Museum, Dom-Museum, Landesarchäologie, Bremen State Archives, and Bremen State and University Library.
The thematic area “History of Culture(s)”
Whereas studies in the thematic area “History in the Public” are characterized by both an application and a research orientation, the master’s program “History of Culture(s)” is decidedly research oriented. (New) cultural history adopts a methodological approach which especially takes into account the representations and practices of historical actors and thus examines sense-making processes as well as the conflicts surrounding such world views. Inter- and transculturality occupy an important place in the master’s study program, as illustrated by the title “History of Culture(s)”. “History of Culture(s)” focuses on three complex problem issues: 1.) the conflicting aspects of geographic givens and cultural forms; 2.) the construction and historical inconstancy of accepted norms; 3.) the processes of transfer, translation and appropriation between cultures. The geographic regions in focus include Germany and Europe as well as non-European areas. The international orientation in the thematic area “History of Culture(s)” is underlined by a compulsory stay abroad (a minimum of 3 months at a university abroad). The examination regulations contain a hardship provision.