Sociology - Subjects Offered by the Department
General and specific Sociology courses enable students to gain a profound understanding of the different areas of sociology: Family, Education & Work; Migration & Integration; Economy & The Social Welfare State.
Comparative European Societies courses focus on macrosociological theories of modern societies and international comparative empirical analyses of welfare states, education systems, labour markets and civil society in Europe. The courses also deal with the consequences of European integration and globalization on societies.
Social Psychology courses look at the ties between sociology and psychology, for example group processes, attitudes and changes of attitudes, stereotypes, health psychology, and social psychology of gender.
Methods of Empirical Social Research courses prepare students for conducting their own research projects. Students learn how to design surveys and experiments and how to analyze data using statistical methods. Advanced courses provide students with the tools for rigorous and thorough theoretical and empirical analysis. Students learn how to deal with event history data and panel data, experimental design, network analysis, game theory and causal analysis.
Family, Education & Labor Markets: Courses and research projects deal with the following questions: What is the cause of social inequality, and how can it be resolved? What is the relationship between family background and social mobility? What is the relationship between education and chances in the job market? How can demographic changes in modern societies, such as the increasing divorce rates or the decreasing birth rates, be explained?
Migration & Integration: The main themes consider questions on integration of immigrant and ethnic stratification: To what extent does migration lead to ethnic inequality? How can individual integration be explained in the context of international migration?
Economy & the Welfare State: Courses focus on economic sociological and economic political questions: Which political institutions enhance economic development? How does the societal acceptance of welfare states change? How do labor unions in Europe change? What role do social partners play during reform processes of welfare states?