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Overview

By studying social sciences, you will penetrate the theory and reality of social and political phenomena - on a local, state, national and international level. You will gain an understanding of the institutions, practices and relationships that make up social and public life. You can recognize possibilities and limits to solve problems of social and political coexistence.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

In the study of social sciences you will learn to understand and analyze why organizations, groups or individuals behave in a certain way. How are they influenced? What influences do they in turn exert on their social and political environment? Depending on the problem, you as a future social scientist will ask about the causes and effects of social action or about the mode of action of social and political institutions and structures in modern societies. The course is divided into three areas that are closely related to one another: sociology , political science as well as social science methods and statistics.

sociology

Central questions here are for example: How do society and the economy influence one another? How is a society structured, what classes or milieus are there and how can such be identified at all? How do technical innovations affect the members of a society? Do you perceive these as risks and how do you deal with them?

Political science

Political science asks how the political systems of the Federal Republic of Germany, other countries and the European Union work, how democracy is lived and organized, for what reasons party systems change and how citizens participate in the political process. Political science also deals with international relations and asks, for example, why states cooperate with one another or wage war against one another, what perspectives arise for citizens from international organizations and where these will develop in the future.

Methods & Statistics

In the third area of ??your studies you will learn the necessary tools to work on the research questions formulated in the other areas and to empirically check theoretically based expectations. With knowledge of the methods of empirical social research, you will on the one hand know how you can obtain data in order to find appropriate answers. This can be expert interviews, the content analysis of texts or the conception of a questionnaire for a representative survey. On the other hand, you will be able to scientifically evaluate data that you have obtained yourself or that you already have

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Social scientists are active in very different areas, e.g. the media, political parties, associations and other NGOs, public administrations, parliamentary services, international organizations, companies, market and opinion research institutes or in science.


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