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Overview

The General Sociology provides a basic understanding of the structures of modern societies and their central institutions. The focus is on conflicts caused by social change, but also the question of what holds society together.

The method training imparts competencies for the scientific assessment of social phenomena. Building on the theoretical principles, the stages of a research process are run through and quantitative as well as qualitative methods of data collection and data analysis are applied. For example, companies can be compared with quantitative measuring instruments and statistical analyzes.

In the area of social structure analysis, social structural dynamics in modern societies are examined. The focus is on the one hand on social inequalities in income, education, occupation or social status. On the other hand, it is about the historical development of inequalities and the question of how inequalities are “inherited” and how they are explained from social structures.

In the context of organizational sociology, students research how organizations work, what shapes them and, conversely, how they determine society.

The gender sociology asks about the social relevance of gender in different social contexts, such as in law, politics, sports or religion. The change in gender arrangements is examined on a national, European and global level and social mechanisms of the reproduction of gender inequality are researched.

In the sociology of education , the acquired sociological knowledge is in turn applied to the social form family.

At the same time, students receive training in methods for the scientific assessment of social phenomena. Building on the theoretical principles, the stages of a research process are run through and quantitative as well as qualitative methods of data collection and data analysis are applied. For example, companies can be compared with quantitative measuring instruments and statistical analyzes. Another element of the Bachelor's degree in Sociology is the internship. It should lead to a realistic assessment of job opportunities and impart more knowledge about the organization and working methods of the profession.

In addition to sociology, students choose a supplementary subject in order to be able to link sociological knowledge with other subjects and to sharpen their focus on interdisciplinary issues. You can choose from the fields of history, politics and administration, economics and philosophy.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. In each module, certain study and examination achievements have to be achieved.

The one-subject Bachelor Sociology comprises the contents shown in the overview below and is divided into compulsory and compulsory elective modules, each with 6 credit points

Modules

Credit points

Basic study of sociology: compulsory modules

 48 LP

Introduction to sociological theory
Introduction to gender sociology Introduction to
organizational and administrative sociology
Introduction to social structure analysis
Classical and contemporary sociological theory
Basic methods of empirical social research
Multivariate data analysis
methods Applied methods of empirical social research

 

In-depth study of sociology: compulsory elective modules
There are 6 modules to choose from with a total of 36 credit points.

36 LP

Organization Studies
Social Structures in Comparison
Political Sociology
Social Structures and Social Processes
Gender and Society
EU Gender Studies
Educational Research
Social Psychology

 

Supplementary subject    
A supplementary subject amounting to 48 CP must be taken. The choices are:

48 LP

Politics and Administration
History
Economics
Philosophy

 

Key competencies                            

30 LP

Introduction to scientific work and writing
Introduction to computer-aided data analysis
Internship
Studiumplus

 

Final module and bachelor thesis                              

18 LP

Bachelor colloquium
Bachelor thesis

 

total

180 LP

ENTRYU REQUIREMENTS

If you want to study sociology, you should be interested in social issues and relationships. Anyone who can also empathize with the situations and problems of other people and generalize everyday experiences has good prerequisites for working and thinking in sociology. And if you have a weakness for statistics, it will be easier for you to become familiar with data collection and analysis.

Proof of a university entrance qualification is required for the bachelor's degree at the University of Potsdam.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology enables students to recognize, present and assess the relationships between specific social manifestations. You will acquire specialist skills to analyze social processes and learn to critically reflect on historical and current social developments.

The overarching course objective is to interlink sociological theory and theoretical knowledge of special sociologies with methods of empirical social research. The skills acquired in this way enable graduates to adapt quickly and flexibly to new developments in their future professional fields.

Sociological practical knowledge is used in the education and research sectors, in associations and parties, in non-government and non-profit organizations, in public administrations and private commercial enterprises, in welfare state institutions, in the field of cultural management and in the media. Sociologists therefore have a wide range of activities open to them: consumer, market, opinion and evaluation research, journalism, consulting and planning, education and documentation and, last but not least, the area of ??management activities

 


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