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Master degree in: History and identities in the Western Mediterranean Area (15th-19th centuries)

Title of the European Space of Higher Education



  • University of Alicante.
  • Universitat of Barcelona
  • Universitat of Valencia
  • Universitat Jaume I of Castellon


Between the 15th and 19th centuries the Mediterranean experienced a deep transformation that defined a new frame of political and economic relations and of renewed cultural horizons. The study of these processes, of innegable intrinsic attractive, is key to understand our world and, in particular, the problems to which confronts the construction of the European Union, like the limits of the sovereignty, the harmonisation of different cultural traditions and the research of a common ideological base that respect the identities of his components.

The Master is given by the Universities of Valencia, Barcelona, Alicante and Jaume I of Castellon, although is entirely taken at the University where the registration is done. Nevertheless, in each University a part of the subjects is given by professors of the others universities. Likewise, the teaching of several of the optional subjects is on-line, so that it can choose between the offer of the four universities.


General aims

The purpose of this Master is to form specialists in the historical evolution and in the configuration of the identities of the Western Mediterranean Area in the Early Modern Age. It provides a complete overview of the period and the skills to go further into his analysis and suggest projects of investigation. Likewise it offers perspectives for the historical understanding of the challenges that faces the Mediterranean Area today. For this, the problems studied are analysed from diverse perspectives, with attention to different historiographical approaches and documentary sources.


Organisation of the Master

The Master consists of 60 credits ECTS. It is structured in three modules:

  • Basic (30 credits). It is organised in two matters of, respectively, two and four compulsory subjects of 5 credits each one. It provides a theoric and practical knowledge.
  • Complementary (15 credits). Formed by two matters (Territory and Society), that pay attention to the methodology and to the last investigations, and is composed of optional subjects of 5 credits each one, of which it is necessary to take three, choosed between subjects offered annually.
  • Research Work at the end of Master (15 credits). Work of original investigation on documentary and bibliographic sources.

Course Syllabus

  1. Basic module: 30 credits. 1st semester.

Subject: Introductory course to the research

-Historians and historiography of the Western Mediterranean in the Modern Age.

-Sources, Paleography and initiation to the work of historian.

Subject: Historical Basis of the Western Mediterranean in the Modern Age

-Political institutions and territorial powers.

-Productive activities and mercantile networks in the Western Mediterranean.

-Religions and cultural exchange.

-Hierarchies and social dynamics.

  2. Complementary module: 15 credits. 2nd semester.

      Subject: Territory

      -The Mediterranean Sea: a space of exchanges.*

      -Territorial and national identities in the Western Mediterranean.*

      -Historical landscape, risk and natural environment.

      -The rural world.*

      -The Mediterranean city.*

      Subject: Society

      -Power sytems and political thought.*

      -War and society.*

      -Spirituality, ortodoxia and control of the consciousness.*

      -Minorities, dissidences and rebellions.*

      -Creation and transmission of the knowledge.*

      -Feminine/masculine: identities, relations, functions.

   3.  Research Work at the end of Master: 15 credits.

 * No teaching

Headed to:

  • Graduates in History and in other titles of Humanities and Social Sciences that want to adquire skilled training in Early Modern History and, in case, access to the studies of Doctorate.
  • Teachers of Secondary Education that wish to update his knowledge on the period.
  • Professionals that wish to comprise better the historical roots of the problems of our time.


Criteria of admission

The Academic Commission of the Master will decide the admission of the pre-registered students in the master applying the following scale:

-60%: curriculum vitae (students will be selected according to their academic files and in the assessment will take into account specially to have attendent matters related to the content of the master).

-40%: assessment by the quoted commission of the reasons and formative aims that have carried to request the admission in the master, in relation with his academic curriculum or professional path, expressed in a memory written.

 This memory has to be articulated in two sections:

1.- Reasons of election of the Master in relation to the curriculum presented (justification of priority with regard to other Masters; justification of the matters attended in the degree of entry in relation to the orientation of the Master; justification of the professional exercise with the Master that requests …).                                                                                         Until a 30 % of the total assessment reserved to the Memory.           

2.- Formative aims that pretend achieve:                                  

· Training for the investigation (in this case students will indicate subject or subjects of special interest).

· Continuous training for the professional activity.

· Other aims of training.

Until a 70 % of the total assessment reserved to the Memory.


 The previous training more suitable is the one who provide the studies of Degree in History, History and Heritage and Humanities: Intercultural Studies and others in that the Early Modern History have a remarkable presence in the plan of studies. The same consideration have the graduates in Humanities, in History, in Geography and History (section of History) and in Arts (section of History) of the previous plans to the implantation of the studies of Degree.

For degrees in other studies, the Academic Commission of the Master, will analyse the curriculum vitae of the candidate (including in case the realisation of a personal interview),and will determine the complement learnings that have to be passed previously.

Likewise, and in accordance with the Royal Decree 1892/2008, of 14 November, that regulate the conditions of access to the Higher Education Degrees and the procedures of admission to the Spanish Public Universities, a 5% of the available places will be reserved for students that have recognised a degree of equal or upper disability to the 33% as well as for students with special and permanent educational needs relatives to personal circumstances of disability, that during their previous schooling had required of resources and supports for their full educational normalisation.

 Access and registration

 - General information in the following link

Information and contact

Department of Mediaeval History, Modern History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques


Telephone: 965903443













Department of Medieval History, Modern History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques

Universidad de Alicante
Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante (Spain)

Tel: (+34) 96 590 3443

Fax: (+34) 96 590 3443

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