Technology shapes experience and behavior – demands for technical developments result from this. RWTH Aachen addresses this relationship in the scientifically founded Master's in sociology with a focus on technology.

The curriculum for this Master's encompasses a broad spectrum of courses in technology-related focuses of sociological research at RWTH Aachen, including

  • Technical Sociology
  • Futurology and Innovation Research
  • Gender and Technology
  • Organization and Technology

The course of study also facilitates advanced knowledge in both fundamental skills areas Sociological Theory Construction and Methods of Empirical Social Research. Based on a foundation created by these three pillars, students learn to understand the dynamic relationship between technology and society in a methodological and controlled manner and to theoretically reflect.

Embedding this academic program into the research environment of a technical university enables an intensive look at technical developments that are approached from a natural science and technical perspective in other faculties. In this context, sociology focuses, for example, on demand and acceptance in relation to technical innovations, decision making, opinion making, and impact assessments. It investigates the increase of organizational control possibilities through the use of technology and the type of social propogation of new technologies through organizations. Within the context of artificial intelligence, it grapples with the question, how much machines can "behave", that is be accepted by human actors as "communication participants". It is interested in how socio-technical organized structures in our society can be both "gendered", that is originate in an exchange with gender presentations, and be institutionally and symbolically anchored in this way.

The curriculum consists of seven mandatory modules that can be completed in any order. Different electives are offered within the modules each winter and summer semester that can be taken based on one's own interests. The sole mandatory courses are the research internship and the Master's colloquium. Furthermore the Institute's course offerings are now and again supplemented by individual courses from other subjects, such as political science, linguistics and communication sciences, and computer science, not anchored in the curriculum. These courses are counted as elective courses.

Programme Structure

Example Program Layout

Module Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4

Sociological Theories I

Sociological Theories II Sociological Theories III  

Methods I

Methods II    
3 General Sociology I

General Sociology II


Special Sociology III

Special Sociology I Special Sociology II  
5 Technology, Gender, and Society I
Technology, Gender, and Society II

Technology, Gender, and Society III
Technology, Gender, and Society IV


6     Technical Sociology I
Technical Sociology II
7     Field of Application I
Field of Application II
Master's thesis      

Master's thesis


Entry Requirement

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

The sociology Master course of study qualifies students to work in a variety of career fields. Good career opportunities are particularly available in:

  • Science and Research
  • Technology Transfer, Organizational and Technology Consulting
  • Associations, Politics, and Administration
  • Market Research and Public Relations
  • Human Resources


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