Interest in the Humanities Still Keen – Qualifying in Germany: Study and Research Opportunities

Linked with Daniel Goeudevert – France.

Published on Qualifying in Germany, this article is not authored nor dated.

Global interest in humanities studies continues to be very high. Learning about one’s own culture or taking a closer look at the way other people live is the goal of a great many students. This includes, of course, the study of foreign languages, music, literature, art and an evaluation of the media. The study of historical contexts and their continuity helps give us a sense of all these different cultural identities. Young people all over the world are keenly interested in knowing more about the cultures they live in, to better understand them and to find their way in them …

… The major changes now occurring around the globe require both a broad and basic knowledge of our diverse cultural heritage. Without an understanding of other cultures many economic or political processes would be doomed to failure. A knowledge and understanding of culture contributes to peaceful and productive global development. Understanding cultures different from our own also helps promote an understanding for our own culture. This is why it is only natural for Europe to cooperate closely in subject areas like German studies, Romance languages, English, Slavic studies and numerous smaller language, literature and cultural studies, such as Scandinavian or Finno-Ugric. The comprehension of languages and knowledge of literature and the media, which focuses these cultural experiences, form the basis for cultural understanding. More recently, the new media, such as the Internet and digital storage capabilities, have strongly influenced how our cultures are received and perceived …

… Currently, the humanities are going through major changes. With their attention focused on the societies for which they are training people, more and more emphasis is being placed on methodologies, while maintaining their central task: the preservation and renewal of cultural knowledge. (full long text).

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