Study Public History

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.

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Public history training prepares graduates to work in the areas of:

  1. the politics of history (political parties, local governments, societies, governmental agencies and other state institutions)
  2. extracurricular history education (libraries, local and national institutions of education, consulting)
  3. combination of history and art history (museums, open-air museums, creative art groups and companies, e.g. as experts of historical movies, games, events)
  4.  combination of history and media (publishing houses, press, new media, webpages, thematic TV channels)
  5. archive management and oral history (private people, local government)
  6. international cooperation (e.g. European institutions)
  7.  research and data management

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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.