The Master’s program “Sociology – European societies” is unique in character and differs from other sociological Master programs in the following way:
- While sociology usually focuses on the analysis of one national society, this program highlights the comparative study of different European societies.
- In addition to the comparison of European societies, we inquire about their increasing integration and the development of a common European society.
- Finally, we do not only analyze European societies, but we compare them to other world regions and examine the consequences of globalization for Europe.
As an independent European governance structure, the European Union presently pushes economic systems, gender roles, and family models of its member states towards greater homogenization. Education policies are being synchronized due to international evaluations. Member states are becoming ever closer, and intra-European exchange and communication have increased considerably while also reaching a higher standard. In addition, these processes take place in a context of increasing globalization.
The research-oriented Master’s program centers around three main questions:
- How does the European economic and political consolidation process impact on participating national societies? What convergences of social structures, economic orders and cultural systems can be found among the member states of the European Union and which theories describe these processes the best? To what extent does a European society already exist?
- How much cultural and social convergence is necessary for an integrated Europe? Is a European identity essential? What are the socio-structural and cultural limits of further integration?
- What are the similarities and characteristics of European societies compared to other world regions? How can we understand globalization and how do different aspects of globalization (e.g. economically and culturally) affect European societies?