Suggested curriculum

Suggested curriculum of a joint international English-langauge MA programme ’Microhistory’

Module 1: Introduction

Course 1/1: The historiography of microhistory

Course 1/2 : Theories and approaches of microhistory and of relevant related academic fields

Module 2: Marginals, race, ethnicity and gender

Course 2/1: Microhistory ’of the lost peoples of Europe’ – and of the world

Course 2/2: Sources and methods of studying marginals, race, ethnicity and gender

Module 3: Local history

Course 3/1: Local history as microhistory

Course 3/2: Sources and methods of studying local microhistory

Module 4: Global microhistory

Course 4/1: Microhistory as global history

Course 4.2: Sources and methods of studying global microhistory

Module 5: Material culture

Course 5/1: Microhistory of material culture

Course 5/2: Micro-Archeology

Module 6: Narratives and microhistories

Course 6/1: Microhistorical narratives

Course 6/2: The writing of microhistory

Module 7: Related studies

Course 7/1: The approach and theory of related academic or scientific fields

Course 7/2: Sources and methods of related academic or scientific fields

Module 8: Free module

The both relevant and connected courses will be announced by the participant institution in function of availabe teachers and the students’ interests. Courses might focus on certain periods or areas (such as Microhistory of Asia or Microhistory of Renaissance Europe)

Module 9: Thesis preparation module

Students are expected to choose a supervisor and work in close cooperation with him on their chosen subject.

Modul 10: Thesis module

Students should write their MA thesis under the constant supervision of and in close collaboration with their supervisor, as well as present and discuss the chapters of their theses with fellow students at research colloquia.


Modules 1, 9 and 10 are to be considered as core modules of the programme and compulsory for students. They are to be completed by students in three different semesters in this order. Modules 2-8 should be considered as optional modules of which five should be completed in an optional order. The two courses in a module should be understood as supplementing each other.

The university coordinating the programme might organize modules at the home institution as well as in participating institutions and occasionally in third party institutions as well. The courses of the relevant modules can be taught during a complete semester (e.g. each of them two classes each week for 15 weeks) or in an intensive form (e.g. two classes a day, five days a week, for three weeks). Students should be free to choose among the optional modules available during their studies. While it is seen as an essential part of the MA to offer them a possibility to travel and study abroad, they should have a freedom of choice in this – within the framework of the modules actually offered to them. As for the first year of the studies, it is preferable that the teaching is concentrated in the home university coordinating the programme to make it possible for participating students to form a group, while in the second year of the MA, a closer contact with the supervisor is advisable.