Social Sciences, Sociology

The social sciences and sociology study the coexistence of people in societies. They deal with the purpose and structure of social structures as well as with their formation and change.

The study field at a glance

The social sciences address the question of how the interplay of social, economic, cultural and political conditions creates the structures that make social systems work. They do this both empirically and systematically. In this way, they enable the most accurate and largely quantitative research into concrete facts as well as generally valid formulations of knowledge and social-philosophical theories. As independent sciences, they stand with other disciplines, such as economics, political science, philosophy, ethnology, psychology, and education. At some universities, sociology-focused courses, e.g. in economics, offered.

Offered courses

In addition to sociology and social sciences, subjects in this field include gender studies and criminology.

Contents of the course

In the bachelor's program, students study modules in core subjects such as empirical social research (including computer science and statistics), political science and sociology (including socio-economics), social structures and social structure analysis. Supplementary modules e.g. on mediation procedures, conflict management strategies.

In the master's program, specialization in areas such as youth, family and sociology of education, industrial and sociology of business, sociology of gender relations, medical sociology, sociology of work and organization, peace and conflict research, empirical social research is possible.

Possible careers after graduation

For social scientists and sociologists there is no clearly defined area of responsibility, and accordingly the range of applications is wide. Sociologists are involved, for example.

  • in research at universities and public research institutions,
  • at market and polling institutes, multimedia and advertising agencies,
  • in teaching and teaching, e.g. in adult education and at (high) schools,
  • in public administration, e.g. at city planning offices, in social work, youth welfare, in prison, at federal and state ministries, in health care,
  • in companies e.g. in the areas of human resources, education and training, statistics and market research, public relations,
  • in associations and organizations of economic and working life, in political parties, in church institutions and aid organizations,
  • in the media sector at radio and television broadcasters, at publishers.