Institute of Sociology

Master of Sociology: Diversity and Society

What it is about

Diversity management, inclusion, gender equality policy, multiculturalism, intercultural opening – the self-image of contemporary societies is increasingly shaped by diagnoses of diversity and heterogeneity. The social sciences, with their differentiating view of the world, have contributed significantly to these self-descriptions. They are now called upon to classify, review and critically comment on these diagnoses, which are fed back to them. To do so, they can draw on wide-ranging methodical competencies as well as extensive knowledge about the production and processing of differences and diversity.

The master's program Sociology: Diversity and Society takes a reflexive and sociological perspective on diagnoses of diversity and asks about the social conditions of their production. At the same time, it ties in with transdisciplinary developments and imparts knowledge from the specialized research areas of social science difference research, such as Gender Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Migration Studies, Urban Studies, Disability Studies and Cultural Studies. Students acquire a basic theoretical understanding of the relationship between diversity and society, which is to be sharpened in dealing with the empirical subject areas of diversity and difference research. The program places particular emphasis on the teaching of qualitative research methods and sociological reflection skills.

The core the teaching research project
At the heart of the project is the teaching research project, a teaching format established in Tübingen, in which students, closely supervised by a teacher with research experience, independently develop and carry out a research project and conclude it by means of a teaching research report. In the teaching research projects, students leave the seminar rooms of the university to gather first-hand empirical experience through ethnographic observations or qualitative interviews.

International – optional semester abroad
Students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of the numerous international partner institutes of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Tübingen.

Optimal individual support – mentoring
The Master's program is flanked by a mentoring system, which is designed to help students to organise their learning processes and possibly study abroad in the best possible way in the relatively short period of the Master's program and to bring their study strategy into line with their career goals. At the beginning of their studies, students select a person from among the university teachers and the members of the Institute who have completed their doctorates to act as mentor with whom they will meet at least once a semester to discuss their study progress and further plans.

What we qualify for

Heterogeneity, diversity, inclusion, integration and gender equality are cross-cutting issues that are of relevance in more and more social areas and organisations and require staff trained in social sciences. Potential non-university fields of work for graduates of the program include:

  •  Equality and women's promotion offices
  •  Local integration offices (refugees and migrants)
  •  Disability inclusion sites
  •  Political education and professional development
  •  Communal cultural work
  •  Political organisations and non-governmental organisations
  •  Human Resource Management
  •  Public Relations
  •  Management Consultancies
  •  Media and Journalism
  •  Development Cooperation

Here´s how it works

The four-semester Master's program Sociology: Diversity and Society is divided into a basic module on sociological theories and an introduction to the study of diversity and society (SD-M1). The program aims to tie in with more recent sociological theories and current theoretical discourses on diversity and society and to further develop students' argumentation skills. The qualitative-methodological foundations acquired in the BA course are taken up in the SD-M2 module and selectively or exemplarily deepened. The core of the Master's program is an empirical teaching research project (SD-M3), which is scheduled to run for three semesters. In this project, students work in a team on a research topic, specify it and work on it with methods appropriate to the subject, and present the results in the form of a final report. In addition, the students choose from the SD-M4 and SD-M5 modules, which deal with the topic of diversity and society from different theoretical and empirical perspectives and with varying subjects. Exemplary topics are practices of human differentiation, migration and border regimes or the heterogeneity of socio-technical knowledge regimes. The interdisciplinary area of study (SD-M6) serves to broaden the academic perspective by attending courses in other subjects of the students' choice. In addition, credits earned at foreign universities can be included in this module. The examination module with master thesis, colloquium and oral master examination (SD-M7) completes the study program. A total of 120 LP are to be acquired.

Whom we adress

The Master's program Sociology: Diversity and Society offers graduates of social and cultural science programs with previous knowledge of sociological theory and skills in qualitative research methods the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the relationship between diversity and society and to further develop their research skills and their sociological ability to reflect.

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