HISTORY OF IDEAS

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

A future as an historian of ideas

History of ideas was first established at theUniversityofAarhusin 1967, and this is still the only place inDenmarkwhere you can research and study for a degree in this subject. History of ideas is an open and interdisciplinary subject, and students and researchers at the department work with a wide range of humanistic, social and current issues.

As a history of ideas graduate, you have many different opportunities for a future career, and the Master’s degree programme has been structured in such a way that you have considerable influence on how your particular degree profile looks. In the Master’s degree programme, you continue building on the knowledge of the history of ideas that you acquired during your Bachelor’s degree programme or your subsidiary subject in the history of ideas, while at the same time acquiring important communication competences. You also have the option of undertaking a period of practical training or studying an optional subject at a foreign university.

Tracks

A Master’s degree in the history of ideas counts as two years of full-time study and has four tracks:

The first two semesters at track A consist of two courses in Philosophy and theory of history and a seminar. Both seminars consist of lectures, a workshop and a final written assignment. Two tracks are offered within the seminar each semester, and are as follows:

  • The fall semester: Science and Technology or Politics and Society.
  • The spring semester: Culture and Aesthetics or Existence and Religion

The third semester offers the opportunity to study abroad, do an internship (practical project) of choose on of the five profile courses.

The fourth and final semester is the master thesis semester.

Track B: For students who have the history of ideas as a core subject plus an optional subject taught at upper secondary school.

At track B the first semester of the master consists of studying the optional subject. The second semester then is a mixture of studies at the optional course and at History of Ideas. The third and fourth semester is identical to the descriptions above.

Admission requirements

The Master's degree programme in History of Ideas is a two-year (120 ECTS point) course and is divided into three lines, each with its own admission requirements.

Line A consists of two years' study of history of ideas.

To fulfil the admission requirements for line A, the student must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy or including philosophical content, for example the Bachelor's degree in philosophy from Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen or University of Southern Denmark; or the Bachelor's degree in history of ideas from Aarhus University.

A Bachelor's degree in a humanistic subject combined with a supplementary subject in Humanistic Organisational Development (2010 academic regulations), where the average grade of graded exams is no less than 7, is also sufficient for admission to the Master's degree programme in history of ideas.

Line B consists of 75 ECTS points in history of ideas combined with 45 ECTS of an upper secondary school subject.

To fulfil the admission requirements for line B, the student must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with 135 ECTS points in history of ideas and a Bachelor's supplementary subject of 45 ECTS points in another upper secondary school subject.

Line C (not available after 2014)
Line C consists of two years' study of history of ideas, as with line A. The first 45 ECTS points are identical to the Master's supplementary subject in philosophy.

Line C is available to students who have studied the Bachelor's supplementary subject in history of ideas and wish to convert history of ideas to their core subject, i.e. to study the Master's degree programme in history of ideas based on their Bachelor's supplementary subject. To fulfil the admission requirements for line C, the student must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with a Bachelor's supplementary subject (45 ECTS points) in philosophy.

The Board of Studies decides, based on individual assessment, whether applicants with other Bachelor's degrees than the above have the academic qualifications required for their application to be accepted.

Legal right of admission

Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in history of ideas at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in history of ideas on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in History of Ideas (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language requirements

All lines require Danish at 'A' level or equivalent.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations.

 

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

The Friday bar is shared with students at Philosophy and located in the same building as the Department of the History of Ideas. This is an ideal place to meet with fellow students from your own and other years.

In addition, there are many other events for students at the Faculty of Arts and the University of Aarhus in general – e.g. lectures, intro days, career days, seminars, celebrations and sports days. Click here for more information.

Student life

The Department of the History of Ideas is located at theNobelPark, which also houses a number of other humanistic subjects. Adjoining the Department of the History of Ideas are a library and a reading room. A computer room with wireless Internet access is also available. The department shares lecture theatres, a canteen and other facilities with the other departments at theNobelPark.

History of ideas provides you with a number of opportunities to get involved in student life and add a social element to your academic studies:

- The Student Committee is the forum in which students have the opportunity to influence their degree programme. Here you can discuss your current degree programme and its future perspective.

- The Association of the History of Ideas organises lectures on related topics. See the programme for information about current events.

- The Friday bar is located in the same building as the Department of the History of Ideas. This is an ideal place to meet with fellow students from your own and other years. In addition, theNobelParkhas a joint Friday bar called le boN, where history of ideas students are more than welcome.

- KALIF is the History of Ideas’ association of graduate students and alumni, whose purpose is to strengthen the graduate programme and secure alumni’s continuing relation to the History of Ideas’ programme and environment.

- In addition, there are many other events for students at the Faculty of Arts and theUniversityofAarhusin general – e.g. lectures, intro days, career days, seminars, celebrations and sports days. Click here for more information.

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Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Job profile

The five most common career paths for history of ideas graduates are:

  1. Teaching: Most graduates from the Department of the History of Ideas get jobs as teachers at universities, business schools, schools of architecture, upper secondary schools, training colleges, library schools and folk high schools.
  2. Communication and IT: As a history of ideas graduate, you can also work in the communication industry as an information officer, copywriter or consultant.
  3. Organisational development: Graduates who have specialised in organisational and management ideas have career opportunities as organisational and process consultants in private and public sector organisations, due to their skills in analysing contexts and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.
  4. Art and culture: Some history of ideas graduates work in the publishing industry as cultural officers for newspapers or television channels and as information officers at cultural institutions.
  5. Research: You can also choose to work in research by studying for a PhD either at the university or in collaboration with a private company. For more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts, click here.

Competence profile

A Master’s degree programme in the history of ideas gives you competences in the following areas:

  • Contexts and synergy: As a historian of ideas, you have a general understanding of many different academic traditions. You are therefore able to create interdisciplinary synergy and cohesion.
  • Independence and new thinking: At the Department of the History of Ideas, you have learnt not to take general truths for granted, but to develop new theories and argue their validity.
  • Structure and analysis: In the course of your studies, you have read many difficult theoretical texts and have thus gained experience in working methodically and critically, and in distinguishing between what is important and what is less important.

General overview and in-depth study: As a historian of ideas, you have acquired an overview of the generation of the most important European ideas from Antiquity up to the present day. You are also good at in-depth study of a specific, well-defined subject.

Career guidance

 

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.