Austria, Vienna

Cultural-historical studies

when 1 February 2015 - 14 February 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 8 ECTS
fee EUR 980

The univie: winter school for cultural-historical studies takes place in Vienna, the capital of the former Habsburg Monarchy (and Austria of today) where traces of the outstanding culture of the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century are still visible.

The two week program combines first class academic courses with an extensive social and cultural program. Vienna’s rich cultural heritage, especially the museums, will lead to a thorough understanding of the input of the fin-de-siècle on the modernization of Europe.

This unique program consists of high level lectures in the morning and guided excursions to the city of Vienna (e.g. Ringstraße) and to different museums (Leopold Museum, the Museum for Applied Arts, the Upper Belvedere, the Sigmund Freud Museum, and the Wien Museum) in the afternoon.

Outside the framework of classes Vienna offers plenty of opportunities to explore additional museums and sights such as the St. Stephan’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, and the Treasury.

The academic course environment encourages intercultural and social exchange and favors mutual understanding within the international student population. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, make friends for life and build connections for their future professional careers.

Course leader

Karl Vocelka
Professor of History, former Head of the Department of History of the University of Vienna; former Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University; elected President of the Institut für die Erforschung der frühen Neuzeit; Guest Lecturer

Target group

International students (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate) of all fields of studies.

Course aim

The winter program courses provide a well-structured introduction into one of the most fascinating periods of Austria's intellectual history in a short time. The culture of the fin-de-siècle is one of the highlights in the history of the Habsburg Monarchy.

The international background of the participants offers the possibility to discuss the influence of developments in Vienna (e.g. the famous psychoanalyst Freud, painters like Klimt and Schiele, musicians like Mahler and Schönberg or philosophers like Wittgenstein) on different cultures in Europe and other continents.

The program combines courses about the history, economy and society of the late Habsburg Monarchy, fine arts, psychology and literature, as well as music. All together a deep insight in society and culture of this fascinating period of modernization will be given.

Credits info

8 ECTS
The Winter School offers four courses with 4 ECTS credits per course (correspondinf to 30 contact hours). Each contact hour consists of 50 minutes classroom teaching.

In the course of the two week program students can attend two courses and obtain up to 8 ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 980: The program fees amount to € 980 and include registration, tuition, and all planned excursions.

All additional costs for accommodation and board, as well as travel arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.

Participants will have to book accommodation themselves for the period of the winter school.

The currency used in Austria is the European Euro (€). The rate of exchange is approximately € 1 to US$ 1.27 (September 2014).

Scholarships

Participants of the univie: winter school for cultural -historical studies have the opportunity to receive a tuition waiver (scholarship) for the winter school from the University of Vienna.

The duration of the scholarship equals to the duration of the