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University of Groningen MA in Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories
University of Groningen

MA in Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories

Groningen, Netherlands

12 Months

English, Dutch

Full time

Request application deadline *

01 Sep 2024

EUR 2,314 / per year **


* EU/EEA students: 01 May 2024 - non-EU/EEA students:01 May 2024 - Dutch students:15 August 2024

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


How can historians help tackle problems within organizations? How can historical knowledge and skills detect blind spots in organizations and thereby improve their effectiveness and social impact?

The Master’s track Politics, Organizations, and Learning Histories at the University of Groningen prepares you to answer these types of questions about the inner workings of organizations. You are taught how to gain historical insight into long-term problems within organizations and how to solve these, after which you become an expert in using the past to solve current issues. The track is unique in its implementation of historical thinking to all kinds of organizations.

The track focuses on the interconnection of politics and policy, democracy, and legitimacy, and the implementation and legal aspects of policy. You will contribute to solving societal problems by implementing historical knowledge and research by developing Learning Histories. This theory-based but practically applicable method requires the writing of a narrative that reveals certain blind spots within an organization’s past by analyzing sources and conducting interviews. During your studies, you will be assigned to an organization to develop and practice these skills practically.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • A track in Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories with a clear professional and societal relevance
  • An excellent and proven programme that has a distinctive methodology – learning history – at its heart, which enables you to apply historical knowledge and methods to analysing organizational processes
  • A clear focus on contemporary developments in the field of politics, policies and (non) profit organizations
  • A unique focus on employability with courses on methods and profess



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