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Contemporary History and Today's World

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The master's degree in Contemporary History and Today's World, which is organized by the University of Barcelona and the Open University of Catalonia, seeks to train students and professionals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the history and dynamics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the complexity of today's world.

The master's degree examines the processes of evolution and rupture that have occurred from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. The degree takes a broad view of history in order to develop the students' ability to analyse and comprehend the historical and cultural diversity of the world in which we live and, through this understanding, to foster respect for the values of others and greater concern for civic-mindedness.
The course is intended for students trained in historical research who want to analyse in greater depth contemporary historical study, diverse lines of research, and the latest trends in the field of contemporary historical science. In addition, the degree seeks to prepare professionals who can apply their knowledge of history to professional activities in the areas of culture and communication.
The master's degree also provides access to doctoral studies for those interested in pursuing further research.

Learning objectives

  • 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.

Basic Information

Main university:
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan 80% and Spanish 20%
Number of places available:
 30 of face-to-face learning and 30 of distance learning
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2019-2020
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Geography and History
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage
 Students taking the face-to-face course can complete 30% of the total credit load online.
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