Study Programme

The programme of the MA Sociology International Track consists of four elements:

  1. An introductory module,
  2. Five further modules,
  3. An empirical student research project and
  4. The master’s thesis and a colloquium.

The International Track focuses on two elective profiles which offer a variety of courses in English to allow students to meet all the requirements for the MA Sociology within four semesters:

  • “Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality” and
  • “Sociology of the Global World”.

 

Study programme of the International Track

The study programme outlined below is designed for students who wish to join the full course programme of the International Track. To be able to meet all the requirements of the International Track within four semesters, the participating students focus on one of two profiles, “Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality” or “Sociology of the Global World”. Students must obtain at least 75 of 120 ECTS credits from International Track courses.

Students can broaden their options by participating in courses offered in German in addition to those taught in English. The MA Sociology consists of a broad range of academic courses offered in German. For an overview of all the profiles and modules in the MA Sociology, please see the "Modulhandbuch" (in German).

 

Profile “Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality”

 

Course code

Module

Recommended semester

Credit Points

30-M-Soz-M1

Introductory module

1

6

30-M-Soz-M7a

Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality a

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M7b

Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality b

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M7_LF1

Empirical student research project (Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality)

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M8a

Sociology of the Global World a
or
Additional module from the pool of modules (in German or sometimes in English)

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M8b

Sociology of the Global World b
or
Additional module from the pool of modules (in German or sometimes in English)

1 or 2 or 3

14

 

Additional module from the pool of modules (in German or sometimes in English)

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-MA

Master’s thesis and colloquium

4

30

Total

 

 

120

 

Profile “Sociology of the Global World”

 

Course code

Module

Recommended Semester

Credit Points

30-M-Soz-M1

Introductory module

1

6

30-M-Soz-M8a

Sociology of the Global World a

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M8b

Sociology of the Global World b

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M8_LF1

Empirical student research project (Sociology of the Global World)

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M7a

Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality a
or
Additional module from the pool of modules (in German or sometimes in English)

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-M7b

Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality b
or
Additional module from the pool of modules (in German or sometimes in English)

1 or 2 or 3

14

 

Additional module from the pool of modules (in German or sometimes in English)

1 or 2 or 3

14

30-M-Soz-MA

Master’s thesis and colloquium

4

30

Total

 

 

120

 

1. Introductory Module

The introductory module of the MA programme provides an in-depth introduction to sociological theory and sociological methods, both quantitative and qualitative. It consists of three lectures which are currently offered in German. Every winter semester, the Faculty of Sociology also offers alternative courses in English for the International Track. Students of the International Track can choose whether to attend the lectures offered in German or the alternative courses in English.

 

2. Profiles and Additional Modules

Students of the MA Sociology International Track choose between two profiles, “Social Structure and Social Inequality” and “Sociology of the Global World”. To complete a profile, students must select three modules from the thematic area of the profile they choose, with the student research project constituting a separate module (see below). In addition to the selected profile, three other modules can be selected from the full course programme of the MA Sociology (but not from the thematic area of their profile): Theory of Sociology, Sociological Methods, Sociology of Work and Economics, Political Sociology, Organisational Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Science and Technology, and Media Sociology. Students may choose no more than two modules from one thematic area. Even if the courses in these thematic areas are only offered in English on an irregular basis, certain modules can be completed in addition to the profile modules. Students may also choose to include courses in German to broaden their options.

 

3. Student Research Project

The programme offers all students the opportunity to join a student research project to carry out empirical work. Students are free to choose their own subjects within one of the two profiles of the International Track (usually in the profile they have selected). The student research projects involve a two-semester course and training in rigorous empirical research. Student research projects in English in “Social Structure and Social Inequality” and “Sociology of the Global World” are offered in alternating years. Students of the International Track are required to write their report (20–30 pages) in English.

 

4. Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis is a written work and must be submitted in English. With the agreement of both supervisors, the Faculty may also accept theses written in other languages. In addition, students must participate in a master’s colloquium and present their work in progress. Theses must be submitted within six months and should be about 70 pages in length. The master’s thesis must be submitted to the Examining Office of the Faculty of Sociology by the due date.

For further information, please see the Examinations Office.

 

Examination Regulations

Examinations in the International Track are governed by the regulations of the MA Sociology at Bielefeld University, which are available here.

Events & Deadlines

 

PDF-DokumentEnglish Courses for exchange students - WS 2018/19

Alle Kurse für das kommende Wintersemester 2018/19 sind auch im eKVV online einsehbar! Englischsprachige Veranstaltungen finden Sie HIER.

All courses for the upcoming winter semester 2018/19 are also available online in the eKVV. You can find an overview of courses in English HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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