Everyone ought to study the humanities — to achieve a deeper understanding of our own time, to acquire tools for structuring our experiential world, to comprehend holistically, and to make interpretations from different perspectives.
Disciplines within the humanities investigate human culture and traditions from prehistoric and historic times up until today: humans as linguistic beings, learning beings, tool makers, and thinkers. From different perspectives we map out patterns and attempt to organize experiences within all areas where human beings are productive and creative. Different disciplines study different phenomena from, for example, philosophical, literary, aesthetic, historical, and cultural angles – and not least from the perspective of gender.
Most of the approximately 500 courses that we offer each year are given as independent courses, which gives you great freedom as a student to compose a unique education for yourself. But there is also the possibility of studying in one of our educational programmes. As a student at the Humanities Faculty you can choose to study half-time or part-time; courses are offered both daytime and evenings. Many of our courses are offered as IT-based distance courses, which makes studying independent of time and space. Courses taught in English are offered in Scandinavian Studies among other subjects such as English and General Linguistics.
Most of our teachers do research parallel to their teaching. That means that you as a student are able to partake of current research results already during the time you spend on your education. After studies on an advanced level (Undergraduate, Second Cycle) a number of our students also choose to pursue their subject area in depth in the postgraduate programme.
Not everyone can and wants to be a researcher. Competence in the humanities is also needed within many different areas of contemporary society, not only within traditional areas such as in schools, museums and other cultural institutions. Cooperation with our surrounding social world receives increasingly greater priority to provide more contacts between students and business.
Na-Rhee, Germany, studies Scandinavian Studies in Gothenburg.
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