Public history MA program at the Department of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences (Institute of History)
- Is the first public history program in Poland that is taught in English. Poland offers unique opportunities to study public history – new history museums have been opened yearly, history-related debates occupy public attention, and history-related board games and computer games are known world-wide.
- Is open to all BA graduates (not only in history) interested in public history.
- Deals with all aspects of history outside formal education: oral history, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, historical installations, locating and developing historical elements in mass media, as well as in entertainment, and in virtual environment in its broadest sense.
- All the classes combine theoretical and practical aspects. Students participate in excursions and debates, write speeches, journal articles and other texts, prepare audio-visual materials, develop their own history-related games, and organize history-related events for various audiences.
- Staff includes university professors and specialists from the field: museums, media, entertainment business.
- Students benefit from Erasmus+ exchange in over 50 universities across Europe.
- The Willy-Brandt-Center of the University of Wrocław is a co-publisher of the Public History Weekly – an international blog-journal, published by DeGruyter.
Public history training prepares graduates to work in the areas of:
- the politics of history (political parties, local governments, societies, governmental agencies and other state institutions)
- extracurricular history education (libraries, local and national institutions of education, consulting)
- combination of history and art history (museums, open-air museums, creative art groups and companies, e.g. as experts of historical movies, games, events)
- combination of history and media (publishing houses, press, new media, webpages, thematic TV channels)
- archive management and oral history (private people, local government)
- international cooperation (e.g. European institutions)
- research and data management
Examples of the Master thesis defended recently at UWr:
- History-related Internet memes
- Historical biographies – example of St. Edith Stein
- The topic of the Nazi concentration camps in the rock music
- Historical consciousness of the contemporary Polish high school students
- Legends related to the Niedzica castle
- The politics of history of the city of Wrocław after 1989
- Public libraries as public history institutions: case study of Wrocław
For more information see the website of the International Office of the University of Wrocław.
The entry requirements are listed here.