Overview

The choice of course should first and foremost be based on the content of the course, and the Institute for Social Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is a good choice here.

Many universities only offer political science or only sociology courses, but it makes sense to study these two subjects in combination. The mixture of the two sub-areas of social sciences (sociology and political science) gives a very extensive overview of the social contexts and political power structures in Germany, Europe and the world. In doing so, emphasis is not only placed on the theoretical and methodological foundations. In the elective and specialization area, there is also the possibility, depending on the interests of

It should not be underestimated that the comprehensive training in social science methodology gives the students the tools they need for analytical work. Great emphasis is placed on “research-based learning” in the basic modules as well as in the advanced modules and in the thesis. At an early stage, students can work on their own questions theoretically and empirically in closely monitored research processes. They can later use these skills profitably in the professional field of science, but also in other professional fields - such as political consulting, personnel management, development cooperation, educational work.

Training by renowned professors has another advantage, especially in Berlin. The location of the institute in Berlin-Mitte, close to the German government district, the important media companies, the headquarters of many associations and numerous cultural institutions, also offers the opportunity to continue your education and make contacts outside of your studies. The Institute for Social Sciences is a lively institute in a historic and at the same time modern European metropolis.

Videos about studying social sciences at HU can be found at: www.sowi.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/studienbuero/film.

What special skills / requirements should you have?

Important prerequisites for studying social sciences are a high level of general knowledge, great interest in social issues and current political discourses as well as the political system of the Federal Republic. For a successful completion of the degree, the willingness to read long and demanding texts in German and English as well as to work with statistical methods and computer programs is required.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Modules of the single course (180 CP)

Compulsory area (100 CP)

Module 01: Introduction to Studies & the Methods of Social Sciences (7 CP)
Module 02: Methods I (8 CP)
Module 03: Methods II (8 CP)
Module 04: Methods III (15 CP)
Module 05: Sociological Theories (8 CP)
Module 06: Political Theories (8 CP)
Module 07: Microsociology and Demography (8 CP)
Module 08: Political System of the FRG (8 CP)
Module 09: Comparative Political Science and International Relations (8 CP)
Module 10: Social Structure and Diversity (8 CP)
Module 16: Final module (14 CP)

Subject-specific elective area (55 CP)

Module 12/13: Specialization I + II (15 CP each)

The following specialization modules are offered:
A) Comparative and international politics and governance
B) Work, family, urbanity and diversity
C) Sociological and political science theories

Two of the specialization modules offered must be completed. The same thematic module can also be chosen twice, but with different events.

Module 14: Free choice in social sciences (10 CP)
Module 15: Internship (www.sowi.hu-berlin.de/de/praktikum/) - accompanied by a colloquium (15 CP)

Interdisciplinary compulsory elective area (25 CP)

Optionally, modules from the general elective area offered by other subjects or central institutions, practice-oriented courses and / or courses at the language center totaling 25 credit points can be completed ( hu-berlin.de/agnes ).

Social sciences as a second subject as part of a combined bachelor's degree (60 CP)

Compulsory area (25 CP)

Module 17: Fundamentals of Sociology (10 CP)
Module 18: Fundamentals of Political Science (10 CP)
Module 19: Methods of Empirical Social Research (5 CP)

Subject-specific elective area (35 CP)

Module 12 : Specialization I (15 CP)

A specialization module has to be chosen. The following specialization modules are offered:

A) Comparative and international politics and governance
B) Work, family, urbanity and diversity
C) Sociological and political science theories

Module 20: Free choice in social sciences I (10 CP)
Module 21: Free choice in social sciences II (10 CP)

Interdisciplinary compulsory elective area for other bachelor's degree programs

Module 14: Free choice in social sciences (10 CP)

 

 


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