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History

The study Graphic element for the subject of Historyof history provides a foundation of insightful knowledge, grounded in the humanities and in the social sciences, that is useful to people's personal professional lives.

Södertörn University's history courses range from the introductory to the post-graduate; the subject employs around thirty professors, researchers and graduate students. We cooperate closely with the University's Institute for Contemporary History. Together, we constitute a broad and lively milieu for scholarly research and teaching.

About the subject

Scientists tell us that those who lose their memories have difficulty imagining the future. Time is a fundamental condition of human experience: we are, to a great degree, that which we remember. Time means change, and our environment and our societies have been formed through long-term cultural, political, social and economic processes. Those who would interpret the evolution of modern society must know something about its history.

Students of History at Södertörn University will gain knowledge and insights into the important processes that have linked regions and countries through social contacts, trade, ideological exchange, migration and war. Today, when European societies are becoming increasing transcultural, and globalisation and international environmental change are affecting our daily lives, it is all the more important for us to gain knowledge of our shared historical background.

Historians seek to understand the lives of those who came before us, the circumstances under which they laboured, the cataclysmic events that affected them; their joys, their beliefs, their views of the world, what long-term changes co-determined their lives. This is the focus of our research and our writing. We read about these things, and discuss them with our colleagues and our students. We seek to understand, and to explain. To study history is to learn how historical thought works, and to gain expertise in using those tools to which historians have access. To study history is to partake in discussions concerning different historical problems, from different historical eras, and to conduct our own historical investigations, seeking answers to questions we pose ourselves. To study history aids us in understanding the contemporary world, and shows us how to approach the future. The study of history may not make us into better people, but it definitively aids us in understanding why today's world looks the way it does.

Our undergraduate (first cycle) programme in History will provide essential experience in "thinking historically" – in the practical tasks of historical research, in understanding and discussing how humans have understood, portrayed and discussed their contemporary world and their history throughout time. Students are given the opportunity to conduct their own historical investigations, in the form of degree essays. Those wishing to gain additional historical understanding are welcome to apply to advanced historical studies. Here, we offer the one year Master's programme, which will qualify you for further studies. We also provide a two-year Master's programme, which gives students the advanced historical understanding required both for future doctoral studies and for careers that demand high levels of analytical ability and wide-ranging social insight. Those who would like to apply for doctoral studies in History may do so on two four-year doctoral programmes in which Södertörn University participates: the National Doctoral School in History (headquarters in Lund), and the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS), here at Södertörn University.

We extend a warm welcome to all future History students.