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University of Groningen MA in Un/sustainable Societies: Past, Present and Future
University of Groningen

MA in Un/sustainable Societies: Past, Present and Future

Groningen, Netherlands

12 Months

English, Dutch

Full time

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EUR 2,314 / per year *


* EU/EEA students: €2,314 | non-EU/EEA students: €16,000


Could climate change have impacted the fall of the Roman Empire? How do societies historically cope with crises, such as flooding or warfare? How can we understand wealth disparities from a historical perspective?

The Master’s track Un/sustainable Societies: Past, Present and Future at the University of Groningen teaches you to utilize historical knowledge and methods to address contemporary developments regarding the (un)sustainability of societies, thereby making you an expert in this field. The track is unique in its focus on learn historians to comprehend societal challenges and to contribute to related public debates from a historical perspective.

Issues such as global inequality, environmental changes, and democracy all have a long history. Knowledge of their history contributes to a better-informed public, concrete solutions, and more sustainable policies. Therefore, you learn to identify, situate and analyze historical trends, acquire in-depth historical knowledge as well as advanced skills and methods to conduct historical research and interrogate the complex interrelation of the past and present. To learn how to ask relevant questions and formulate historical arguments in current debates, you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for connecting the past to current issues and how to conduct debates on future challenges.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • A track in Un/sustainable Societies: Past, Present and Future with a clear professional and societal relevance
  • An excellent track that offers a broad array of elective courses and the flexibility to develop your specialization
  • A clear focus on the historical roots of contemporary developments relating to (un)sustainability and the implementation of academic historical knowledge and methods in a practical manner
  • A unique focus on employability with courses on methods and professional skills, as well as first-hand experiences through special projects and internships
  • An international and pleasant study environment with many research resources



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