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Interdisciplinary elective area / Überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich (üWPB)

You can study a language or an elective module of choice.

  1. In the interdisciplinary elective area, students are required to complete modules of their choice

They can choose any module of interest from the course catalogues of any program from FU or HU, totaling 10 LPs (credit points). 


  1. Alternatively, students can use the interdisciplinary elective area to improve their language skills, totaling 10 LPs (credit points).

Forms for language courses, here.

Modules are the primary structural components of the master’s degree program. A module is a study unit and typically consists of two courses whose content is designed to go together. It can, for example, consist of a lecture and a seminar or two seminars etc.

The module results in 10 LPs (credit points). It is also possible to complete a module of 15 LP. However, if the module is graded only 10 LP of that module are included in the calculation of your final MA grade. Strictly speaking then, it is more work and less payoff to take a module in the Interdisciplinary Elective Area that is graded and we recommend choosing a module that is ungraded.

You can check the FU’s and HU’s course catalogue and search for a module that interests you. 

Please note: The choice of module does not need to be coordinated with the Global History program coordinator. 

Instead, the prerequisite is an agreement with the lecturer of the seminar to be attended to ensure that your participation is possible.


FU Modules: If the module is at FU, students register manually with the Studienbüro. 

As the enrolment cannot be administered through Campus Management, you must fill out the form for 'Modulanmeldung' and hand it in at the Studienbüro (mind the deadline for course registration). 

In the form, “inter/transdisziplinärer Bereich” should be ticked for the elective course.

Currently, this is possible electronically, please send an email to: studienbuero@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

The modules will subsequently be booked through Campus Management (if possible) so that the evaluation can take place directly via CM. In case enrollment via CM is not permitted, the Studienbüro will send you an email detailing the next steps with regards to the module.

HU Modules: HU modules do not have to be registered with the Studienbüro at the start of the semester, but the participation must be proven after the successful completion of the module (see below).

FU Modules: As students have ideally registered the module at the beginning of the semester (see above), the module should show up on Campus Management and the respective instructors can simply confirm the participation online (the same way it works with your Global History courses offered at FU).

HU Modules: To get credits for a module taken at HU, a complete module certificate (stamped and signed) must be submitted to the Studienbüro. There is no specific form for the interdisciplinary elective area; students are asked to use the module certificate of the respective faculty. This means that if, for example, a module is taken at the department of philosophy at HU, you should use the philosophy faculty’s module certificate and hand it in to FU’s Studienbüro. Only hand in complete module certificates that confirm your participation in all parts / courses of the module. If you, for example, take one course in the winter semester and the other one in the following summer semester, hand in a form that confirms your participation in both classes at the end of the summer semester.

Whether or not there is an examination and assessment (grade) depends on the module that the students choose from another program. In order to obtain credit points one must meet the requirements according to the corresponding study and examination regulations of the respective program; this cannot be adapted individually. If the module of the other program requires a graded examination, then you must undertake that exam in order to be able to complete the module.  However, if the chosen module does not provide for a graded examination, students do not have to take an exam and it is a participation module without a grade. 

The language courses submitted will not be evaluated towards your final degree (even if students got a grade in their course exam).

Single courses (outside of the context of modules) are not available for enrollment. A whole module must be completed - It is not simply possible to combine any two courses (for example, a seminar in philosophy and a lecture in gender studies), but a module with the different components. 

The module structure and the corresponding requirements can be found in the study and examination regulations of the relevant subject (Fach / Fachbereich). Please review the study regulations of the relevant subject before signing up to the module. 

The module must be taken as stated in the respective study and examination regulations.

"Other subject" in this context means "other study program" (Studiengang) - ideally at MA level. It is therefore not permitted to take further modules from one's own program (MA Global History). However, history modules from other MA programs such as History and Public History at the FU or History and European History at the HU could be taken. Modules in these programs often include courses that are also offered in our Global History Course Catalogue under other modules.

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