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Overview

The Bachelor's degree in Sociology at the University of Potsdam offers a wide range of different sociologies:

  • 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.

The internship is an essential part of the bachelor's degree in sociology, which qualifies it for a job. It should lead to a realistic assessment of job opportunities and convey more knowledge about the organization and working methods of the profession.

ENTRY 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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

In the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, students are able 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

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. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module.

Modules

First subject

Second subject

Basic studies 36 LP 30 LP
  • Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Introduction to gender sociology
  • Introduction to organizational and administrative sociology
  • Introduction to social structure analysis
  • Basic methods of empirical social research
  • Introduction to youth and educational sociology (first subject only)
   
Advanced studies 36 LP 30 LP
Compulsory modules 18 LP 18 LP
  • Classical and contemporary sociological theory 
  • Multivariate data analysis methods 
  • Applied methods of empirical social research
   
Electives
In the first subject are to choose three and in the second subject of two modules.
18 LP 12 LP
  • Sociological Theory: Gender and Society 
  • Organization Studies 
  • Comparison of social structures 
  • Political Sociology 
  • Social structures and social processes 
  • EU Gender Studies
  • Educational research 
   
Key competencies 30 LP -

Basic academic skills    

Occupational field-specific skills

12 LP

18 LP

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Final module and bachelor thesis 9 LP  

Bachelor colloquium

bachelor thesis

6 LP

12 LP

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total 120 LP 60 LP

 

 


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