History (teaching subject)

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Critically examining the past provides you with insights into possible courses of action for the present. Anyone who understands the study of history in this way knows that it is not just about recording past events and dates, but about asking the right questions about our past. In the teacher training courses, you will learn how to deal with and reflect on topics relevant to the present, but also how to prepare and convey aspects of the past to specific target groups. In this way, you will learn how teaching content can be adapted to the individual learning needs of your future students.

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The subject History can be studied in the teacher training programs Haupt- und Realschullehramt (L2) and Gymnasiallehramt (L3), in the teacher training program at elementary schools it can be chosen as a focus in the subject Sachunterricht. At the beginning of your studies, the teacher training programs at the University of Kassel offer you introductions to the methods of scientific work as well as subject-specific historical research on all epochs. The combination of lectures and seminars enables you to first gain an overview of selected topics and then to work on thematic aspects in greater depth. In addition, the social relevance of dealing with the past and history is discussed in specialized didactic seminars on "historical culture"; seminars on historical thinking and learning address questions of communicating historical knowledge in schools and in public. Practical experience with the implementation of methodological concepts in the classroom is gained in the context of school internships and in the practical school studies (SPS).

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Start of studies before 2023

For the teaching profession at Gymnasiums (L3), knowledge of Latin is required, which must be proven by the intermediate examination at the latest. The department offers courses on this regularly.

Start of studies from winter semester 2023/24

For the teaching degree at grammar schools (L3), knowledge of Latin is required, which must be proven at the latest by the time module 7 (History and the Public Sphere) is completed. The department offers regular courses in this area.

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