Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
“The main strength of studying in Göttingen is the flexibility of the program and university. Next to the fixed curriculum, it is possible to study languages, statistics and a wide range of interesting social scientific courses. Due to this flexibility, it is up to you to decide: dive head first into extra literature or spend more time exploring Germany!”
- Eric Hartsthorne, second semester Göttingen student 2015-2017
Founded in 1737, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is an internationally renowned university with a strong focus on research and high-quality teaching. The university distinguishes itself by its broad spectrum of subjects taught and researched, particularly in the humanities. Its excellent research facilities include one of the largest libraries in Germany with 7.7 million media items and 134 institute and faculty libraries. The name of Göttingen is associated with 45 Nobel Prize winners.
From 2007 to 2012 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen received funding from the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments to realize its institutional strategy for the future entitled Göttingen. Tradition – Innovation – Autonomy. At present the University of Göttingen is further developing the successfully established measures to continously advance its positive developments in research and teaching. The university has agreements with higher education institutions in more than 90 countries and has been involved in a huge number of projects funded by the European Commission.
For those first-semester students starting their Euroculture studies in Göttingen, the university offers an introduction to the various disciplines and approaches that constitute Euroculture. Students get acquainted with core concepts of Euroculture. What is Europe? How has it developed politically, culturally and socially after the Second World War? Which historical perspectives help to understand current events better? These are some of the larger guiding questions in the first semester, which focuses on Europe from within. Students start developing their own profile, while building on their expertise from their previous studies. Therefore, in addition to the mandatory classes, they choose one optional class from a catalogue of courses offered by disciplines involved with or related to Euroculture at Göttingen (e.g., History, Theology, Political Studies/International Relations, Intercultural German Studies, English Philology, German Philosophy, North American Studies). As part of the course “Introduction to Euroculture” students begin working on ideas for their Intensive Programme (IP) paper.
In the second semester, the focus on Europe is complemented with an international perspective on Europe. The different regional foci lie on Russia, North America, the Middle East and India. Due to the university’s long-standing cooperation with the University of Pune (India), Euroculture benefits from regular visits of Indian scholars and is works closely with the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Göttingen. By integrating international relations theories, postcolonial approaches, as well as historical and topical aspects, the Euroculture programme provides the basis for critically reflecting on the perspective on Europe established in the first semester. The specific contents of the research seminar are chosen based on important issues in research and current events.
The Methodology Seminar is designed to introduce students to a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods in Social Sciences and Humanities. Students will learn about and practice working on research design and methodology. The class also helps students to finalize their Intensive Programme (IP) papers as well as to present and discuss this paper in an academic context.
In more practical seminars, project and event management skills, as well as intercultural (communication) competences are taught. In order to practice and improve their newly acquired skills, students are asked to prepare and carry out practical projects such as an academic conference, a study trip or a cultural event.
The third semester’s Research Track in Göttingen is designed to give students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics of their interest, to gain new expertise and experience in different types of courses and respective learning/teaching styles. There are three obligatory courses for Euroculture students, including seminars on Europe’s role in the world and intercultural hermeneutics as well as a lecture series. Here, different academics give input on Europe from various disciplinary angles. Students further develop their individual academic profile in the so-called research-based seminars, where they have the freedom to follow their own research interests with support from the respective supervisor. Additionally, students attend two elective courses, which they choose according to their specializations/academic profiles and preferences. Available classes include modules in Political Science, International Relations, History, English Philology, North American Studies, German Philology, and Theology as well as courses at the Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).
In the fourth semester, a lot of attention is given to writing the MA theses on the one hand and to further preparation for the students’ post-graduation careers on the other. To equip them with sufficient knowledge and diverse ideas for a good start into their professional or further academic career, the Euroculture Göttingen team organizes professional workshops and discussions featuring Euroculture alumni and other guests presenting possible career paths. Additionally, professional profile analyses are offered to the students.
In addition to the mandatory courses, the University of Göttingen offers a broad range of language courses that can be attended by Euroculture students. These classes only serve as additional, not as alternative courses to the core Euroculture classes.
As for the academic culture in Göttingen, the Georgia-Augusta focuses on interactive and research-centered learning. Although students take responsibility for their learning process, there is also much guidance and feedback given by Euroculture and University staff on work in progress. Students are expected to work independently and hard, and are generally content with the knowledge, skills gained and experiences made by the end of the semester. The number of contact hours is typically limited to 12-14 hours per week, as to enable students to work autonomously on their own projects and research. Students are encouraged to actively participate in class and to be open to group-work. German academic culture is typically still hierarchical while the Euroculture Programme in Göttingen can also be unceremonious in its approach, also allowing for manifold extra-curricular activities and events within the semester.
University departments connected to the MA programme Euroculture
The faculties mainly involved in the Euroculture programme at University of Göttingen are the faculties of Social and Political Sciences, Humanities, and Theology with the disciplines Political Science / International Relations, History, Theology, English and German Philology. Furthermore, the programme cooperates with numerous other departments and institutes within the university.
Starting date of the academic year
First Tuesday in October
- Name of Institution: Georg-August- Universität Göttingen
- Name of the degree awarded: Master of Arts Euroculture
- Accredited by: National Authorities
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