Leibniz University Hannover Studies Degree Programmes General Overview
Atlantic Studies/ History, Culture and Society

Atlantic Studies/ History, Culture and Society
(Master of Arts)

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Language of Instruction
German, English
Language Requirements

German HZB: English B2 AND another subject-related foreign language B1
International application: German B2 AND English B2 AND another subject-related foreign language B1
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Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Course content:
The Master's programme in "Atlantic Studies" is the only programme in Germany that offers students the opportunity to decide during their studies whether to study the social, cultural, political and economic relationships in the South Atlantic from a historical or interdisciplinary perspective of the humanities and social sciences!
Against the backdrop of historical and contemporary globalization processes and migrations, the programme focuses on interconnections between the continents around the Atlantic. A possible special focus lies on relations in the South Atlantic region due to the unique teaching combination of African History (one out of five professorships in Germany) and Latin American History present in Hannover, as well as expertise on both continents in the literary/ cultural and social sciences. Particularly in the historical specialization, the programme offers the full range of time from antiquity to contemporary history.

Teaching staff:
Teaching staff comes from the History Department (African and Latin American History, Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History), but also from the Institute of Sociology (Sociology and Cultural Anthropology), the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish Studies, Literature and Linguistics), the English Department (English Studies and American Studies) and the Institute for the Study of Religions. The track Interdisciplinary studies is organized by the Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies (CEAGS).

Particular advantages of the course:

  • Integrated period abroad related to the professional field while at university (cooperative agreements with universities in countries such as Chile, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, Senegal, Ghana and the USA, international internship exchange)
  • Acquisition of empirical research skills in the Research-Training Module, e.g. in cooperation with local institutions and international visiting lecturers
  • Intensive support, the possibility to specialise during the programme
  • In the history track, a particular regional or epochal focus can be set using different methodological approaches

Professional skills:

The Master’s degree programme in Atlantic Studies trains students to become regional and globalisation experts on the South Atlantic region between Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, as well as historians who can work in project-oriented research and communication. Graduates possess versatile language skills and intercultural skills, project management skills, and have undertaken stays abroad in unique international contexts.

Course Content

  • Challenges of long-term social change in the Atlantic region: demographic change, migration movements, global economic asymmetries, social inequality and labour relations, cities in the Global South and Europe
  • Conflict dynamics and conflict resolution in the Atlantic, as well as adjacent regions: violence and conflict resolution, e.g. Central American peace processes, interculturality and legal pluralism, political participation, social and solidarity movements, global human rights, religions and ethnicity as political resources
  • Mediality and interculturality: Knowledge production and organization, identity formation and its cultural representation, political participation
  • Dealing with the colonial past and colonial heritage: memorial cultures and the colonial past, (post)colonial crisis phenomena and conflict dynamics, racism
  • Globalisation, Locality and Transcultural Spaces
Course Structure
  • Relations between Africa, the Americas (in particular Latin America and the Caribbean) globalization, locality and transcultural spaces up to the present, focusing on the South Atlantic and Europe in its global contexts in distinctly  historical perspective
  • Interdisciplinary theoretical approaches (historical, with emphasis on global history and historical anthropology, sociological, cultural anthropological, linguistic, literatary and cultural studies or religious studies approaches), empirical research practice

Structure of the degree programme:

  • Compulsory modules for the interdisciplinary track: Basic Module ‘Approaches to Atlantic Studies’; Basic Module  ‘Research Debates’; Research Training Module;  Practical Training Module (internship in an international context at home or abroad or a semester abroad at an African, Latin American/Caribbean, Canadian or US-American, or European university with a focus on the  Atlantic or a global focus), Master’s thesis
  • Compulsory modules for the historical track: Basic module approaches to Atlantic Studies; Theory and historiographical concepts of historical science, theories tested in practice; Practical module, Master's thesis
  • Compulsory elective modules: Globalisation and Transcultural Spaces; Inequality, Power, Difference; Social, Religious and Cultural Movements; Violence and Conflict Resolution; Cultural Anthropology
Sem. Module LP / Sem.
1. Basic module approaches to Atlantic Studies/History, Culture and Society (10 CP) Compulsory elective module (10 LP) Compulsory elective module (10 LP) 30 LP
2. Basic module research debates (10 CP)
(Interdisciplinary Studies track)
Research learning module (10 CP)
(Interdisciplinary Studies track)
Compulsory elective module (10 LP) 30 LP
Theory and historiographical concepts of historical science (10 CP)
(History track)
Theories tested in practice (10 CP)
(History track)
3. Practical module (30 LP) 30 LP
4. Master's thesis (30 LP) 30 LP
Recommended Abilities
  • Openness and the willingness to look beyond European and nation state perspectives of social contexts
  • Ability to persevere with exploring an object of research intensively and to thoroughly read specialised texts
  • An interest in interdisciplinary approaches
  • An interest in research trips and the willingness to get involved with multicultural contexts
  • Depending on the study track you choose, two modern foreign languages, preferably Spanish or French (interdisciplinary track) or other languages ​​(e.g. Latin if you are particularly interested in the Middle Ages and antiquity)
Career Opportunities
  • universities, colleges and non-university research institutes
  • management and politics of science,
  • international relations – political consulting, work with governmental and non-governmental institutions, especially in the field of development cooperation
  • Parliaments, municipalities
  • international business enterprises and associations
  • foundations with an international orientation
  • Print media, radio, television and “digital media”
  • academic publishers
  • cultural institutions, marketing, public relations
  • museums, archives, libraries, memorials
  • adult education
  • Private sector (companies, banks and their archives)
Admission requirements and application

Application Deadlines

First-year students (application from non-EU countries: VPD from uni-assist is required)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover