University of Barcelona

Contemporary History and Today's World

Objectives and competences


  • Develop a detailed, critical understanding of the fundamental theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of history, the evolution of different theories of historical analysis, and the main problems and areas of discussion in this field of study.
  • Acquire the analytical problem-solving skills to transform diverse types of information and data into valuable historical knowledge.
  • Acquire a detailed, diachronic understanding of the major events and processes of change and continuity in human history from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, focusing particularly on historical and cultural diversity and developing a respect for the values of others.
  • Acquire advanced knowledge of the theoretical and methodological principles underlying the study of societies, particularly in times of change (crisis, conflict, transformation, etc.), involving the ability to critically examine any kind of source or document.
  • Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, categories, theories, interpretative models and issues that shape the study of contemporary history.
  • Develop a critical approach to the study of history and the ability to summarize and critically appraise the major periods, processes and events of contemporary history.
  • Consolidate and improve the capacity for spoken and written expression and the accurate use of specialized terminology.
  • Transmit and disseminate the knowledge acquired in a clear manner, to specialists and non-specialists.
  • Demonstrate the learning skills to facilitate further learning requiring a self-directed approach.