University of Barcelona

Contemporary History and Today's World (currently being replaced)

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.


Upon completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:
  • Analyse and interpret diverse sources of historical information.
  • Understand and synthesize ideas and arguments concerning the past and present issues and communicate them in a clear, precise and academically rigorous manner.
  • Apply knowledge, techniques and specific methodologies to learning, the dissemination of historical information and historical research.
    display a respect for the diversity of theoretical, methodological and moral views.
  • Show a critical understanding of historical developments and recent events.
  • Understand the main fields of work and research perspectives inherent in modern history.
  • Integrate knowledge and formulate proposals based on available information.
  • Understand the different methodological approaches and historiographical trends in the study of contemporary history.
  • Display the learning skills and methodological maturity to prepare a doctoral thesis or conduct independent research in the field of contemporary history.