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The field of modern European history has undergone a fundamental transformation in the last generation. Where much of the emphasis once fell on political and social history, recent scholarship has moved in new directions. Most notable is the amount of scholarly attention devoted to what is broadly known as ?cultural history?. Cultural studies has, of course, been a presence across the humanities for some time now, but what distinguishes cultural history is its effort to widen the scope and source-base of historical inquiry, integrating the insights and conceptual tools of neighbouring disciplines in the humanities to study the past, such as anthropology, art history, literary criticism, the history of science and media studies. The beneficial effects of this intermarriage of disciplinary scholarship has clearly been manifest in the burgeoning historical subfields of memory, everyday life studies and material culture, but can also be seen in the field?s effort to recast intellectual history as more than simply a history of intellectuals. Our MA is linked to the Centre for Modern European Cultural History and has close ties with other departments and research centres at Sussex, such as the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, the Centre for War and Society, as well as institutions like the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum. Drawing on faculty interdisciplinary research interests across Western and Central Europe, this MA invites you to approach the study of modern Europe from new perspectives, where serious cultural history can be pursued and presented irrespective of traditional disciplinary boundaries. Our University Library also houses extensive holdings and library archives, for example the World War I Paris Commune May 1968 and Matusow collections. Assessment Historical Skills and Methods is assessed by a portfolio consisting of a group submission, an individual essay and a research proposal. Each other course is assessed by a 5,000-word term paper, each paper to be written in the vacation following the end of the course in question. All students submit a 20,000-word dissertation, which is submitted towards the end of the summer vacation. Programme Structure The options listed below are an example of courses that may be available. You take four courses during your studies. Autumn term: Historical Skills and Methods ? Human Rights in History. Spring term: Genocide in Comparative Perspective ? Germany, France and the Making of 20th-Century Europe. Summer term and vacation: you work on a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice, agreed with your supervisor. Part-time students are expected to begin background reading for the dissertation in their first summer term. Note that courses may be subject to change or withdrawal. Teaching methods Most courses are taught in weekly small-group seminars, for which you prepare written work and oral presentations. Lectures, workshops and conferences organised by the History Department give you further access to the latest historical research and debate. Taught courses provide training in appropriate research techniques, including the development of skills in using concepts and sources likely to play a part in the research project for the dissertation. Teaching is also available, where required, in languages, palaeography, statistics and computing. You may, on certain programmes and subject to the approval of the programme convenor, write any or all of your assessment exercises in a language other than English. Please note that all teaching is in English. The range of options may vary depending on demand and the availability of faculty.

The field of modern European history has undergone a fundamental transformation in the last generation. Where much of the emphasis once fell on political and social history, recent scholarship has moved in new directions. Most notable is the amount of scholarly attention devoted to what is broadly known as ?cultural history?. Cultural studies has, of course, been a presence across the humanities...

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