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Contents & Aims

The Master’s program “Sociology – European Societies” is a research-oriented program. It reflects current debates in theory-driven and problem-oriented research and students learn to develop their own empirical research project in the third semester. The curriculum offers a range of approaches to theory and (mostly quantitative) methods – spanning fields of culture, social structure, politics, European integration and transformation. Furthermore, it encourages active participation in research, from the identification of relevant questions to delivering sound results. The program has a strong focus on quantitative methods for the social sciences.

The program emphasizes the comparative sociological study of European societies in a globalized and transnational world. It aims to enable students to apply theoretical and empirical tools of sociology to:

  • describe and explain social structural, economic, and cultural differences across European countries;
  • understand the ways in which European societies are transformed by processes of regional integration;
  • investigate Europe in the context of globalization and in contrast and connection to other world regions.

All lectures and most seminars are taught in English, some seminars are offered in German.

The following research groups are involved in the teaching of the Master’s program:

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The Master’s program benefits from the involvement of renowned research centers and institutes: