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Learning Opportunity: Modern Studies, BA

Modern Studies, BA

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Upon graduation, students have acquired:

  • fundamental knowledge of modern studies as an interdisciplinary field that makes use of theories, premises and concepts of traditional subjects, such as comparative literature, philosophy, history and sociology in order to obtain an improved understanding of modernity, i.e. the ideology, way of life and social structure which began to gain influence in the West in the late 18th century.
  • a profound knowledge of two academic fields within the humanistic and social sciences or specialisations within such fields, so that this knowledge may be used to gain an understanding of our times.


Upon graduation, students can apply the methods and procedures of the field, such that students:

  • have developed the attitudes of a critical way of thinking.
  • have developed the necessary broad-minded perspectives and originality to be able to utilise knowledge from diverse academic disciplines to gain an improved understanding of modern times.
  • are able to assimilate theoretical and practical information and criticise it on the basis of presentation and argumentation, for example by spotting logical fallacies, concealed argumentation, inconsistency, inadequate reference to sources and research, hidden value premises and debating tricks.
  • are able to write an academic essay and carry out independent research on a theoretical subject in the field of humanistic or social sciences.
  • have familiarised themselves with some of the main theories and concepts which relate to social innovation, e.g. secularisation, the industrial revolution, the advance of ideas of freedom, globalisation and the progress of democracy.
  • are able to use in an organised manner the main information providers and databases within the academic fields of modern studies and are able to evaluate the reliability of information on the basis of its origin.


Upon graduation, students can apply their knowledge and skills in a practical way in their profession or further studies, such that students:

  • have developed the necessary academic ability and independent modes of work to be able to undertake further studies in humanistic and social sciences.
  • are able to communicate their theoretical knowledge to adolescents and adults in an independent, clear and interesting manner.
  • are able to take active part in cooperation that requires collective responsibility, the mutual communication of ideas and knowledge and the conscious application of each participant’s ability.
  • are able to actively participate in the democratic society of our times.
  • are able to apply critical thought processes to situations in their lives and work where decisions have to be made or a strategy formulated in the light of diverse kinds of information and interests.
  • are able to work independently and in an organised manner on tasks in their lives and work which require the ability to integrate diverse fields of knowledge.
  • are able to set themselves realistic aims in their lives and work, formulate a comprehensive work plan and follow it through.
  • are able to utilise their knowledge and understanding of modern studies in academic work and in the solution of a variety of tasks in their lives and work, where a solid understanding of oneself is required, together with the ability to analyse constantly changing circumstances and place them in a cultural, historical, ideological or social context.

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