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Bielefeld Graduate School

in History and Sociology

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The curriculum at the BGHS consists of obligatory and optional elements, which can be completed in six to eight semesters.
The goal of the programme is for students not just to deal with issues concerning the theory and methodology of their own research project, but also with scholarly problems that go beyond their research topic.
The curriculum comprises classes taught in German or English, which are offered by the academic staff of the two faculties as well as the guest lecturers.
The nature and extent of the course programme is designed in such a way as to enable students to take classes in parallel with their own research. The classes can also be tailored to students' individual interests.

Obligatory Components

The obligatory part of the programme is ususally done at Bielefeld Univerisity and consists of these classes:
  • a theory class
  • a methods class
  • four research classes
  • two to four classes from the area of transferable skills

In the theory and methods classes students are faced with theoretical concepts and methodological approaches, while the research classes focus on their own research projects. Transferable skills classes, finally, serve to help students to find a suitable job and develop a career, in both the academic and non-academic labour markets within Germany as well as abroad.

Optional Components

Students are free to choose courses from the optional part of the programme according to their own interests. These can be, for example, courses from the BGHS Programme, such as colloquia, seminars and study groups. Classes outside the School's programme can also be counted towards the course requirements, such as conference presentations, teaching a class or organising a workshop.

A more detailed list of course requirements can be found here.

The current teaching offering of the BGHS can be found in the eKVV .

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