Department of Sociology
The department was founded around 60 years ago by Ralf Dahrendorf and has since developed into a modern centre of sociological teaching and research with an empirical orientation. Six professorships are dedicated to researching current social issues: Macrosociology, Methods and Social Structure, Sociology of Gender, Migration and Diversity, Microsociology and Qualitative Methods.
Training is provided in the degree programmes BA Sociology, MA Sociology with a focus on Empirical Social Research, MA Sociology: Diversity and Society and MA Public Policy and Social Change. Research and teaching at the department cover a broad thematic and methodological spectrum, which is also complemented by workshops. Our main research areas are:
Here we look at problematisations of diversity and migration as well as socio-structural factors of different educational trajectories and interactions of individual life trajectories with institutional structures and fields of action.
A broad spectrum of methods and methodologies of empirical social research are the basis of our teaching. In the MA programmes, these are deepened in three-semester teaching research projects.