An international comparison, especially of European societies and the analysis of transnationalization and Europeanization processes are the core research areas of the Institute of Sociology.
We offer a master’s program "Sociology – European Societies," which can be studied in German and English. All lectures and most seminars are taught in English, some seminars are offered in German. This research-oriented program focusses on quantitative methods of empirical social research. This research and teaching agenda is implemented together with the Central Institutes for East European Studies, Latin American Studies, and the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies as well as the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).
Members of the Institute are involved in the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script. Global Challenges for the Model of Liberal Democracy and Market Economy”, the “Center for Civil Society Research”, the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit studying European socialization processes, the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) “Affective Societies – Dynamics of Sociality in a World in Motion”, the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), and the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) as well as at several graduate schools.