Vienna, Austria

Cultural Historical Studies

online course
when 5 February 2022 - 18 February 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 675

The winter school 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 two-week program offers four academic courses taught live online. The courses are held by distinguished scholars with international teaching experience. The interdisciplinary lectures will lead to a thorough understanding of the input of the fin-de-siècle on the modernization of Europe.

The live online courses encourage interactive participation. These courses with international participants offer 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.

A welcome session will introduce the participants to the winter school and give them the opportunity to meet informally with the staff and each other.

The winter program also includes an online tour of Vienna's Ringstraße and Art Nouveau in Vienna.

Social online gatherings as well as group work in breakout rooms will encourage intercultural and social exchange between the students. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, and make new friends.

Course leader

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Voecelka, Director;
Lecturers: Markus Grassl, Eveline List, Johann G. Lughofer, Elana Shapira, Monika Schwärzler-Brodesser, Elana Shapira

Target group

Students interested in Art, Architecture & Design, Culture, Literature, Music, Politics, and Psychology in Vienna around 1900.

Course aim

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

Credits info

8 EC
The Winter School offers five courses with 4 ECTS credits per course (corresponding to 32 contact hours). Each contact hour consists of 45 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 675: Winter school fees are € 675 for one academic online course or € 1,150 for two academic online courses.
The winter school fee includes registration, orientation material, welcome session, introductory course, one or two academic online courses, teaching material, online excursions, and one free transcript.
External students have to pay the Austrian students' union fee of € 20.70 to be admitted to the University of Vienna.


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 International Office of the University of Vienna.