At Bielefeld University, sociology holds the institutional autonomy of a faculty. Additionally, the Bielefeld faculty is one of the largest scientific facilities for sociology in Europe. The size of the faculty and its interdisciplinary relations are reflected in a wide spectrum of research themes.
Alongside the theoretic basic research, such as, for example, the further development of sociological system theory in connection with the work of Luhmann, there are currently numerous research projects running which deal with current social themes. Poverty research, studies in the field of women’s research, projects on social change in (East) Germany as well as research on ecological risks or media sociology can be seen as examples of a broad orientation in the field of research.
The Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University currently offers a total of six BA, MA as well as PhD courses:
In addition, the faculty participates – in some case taking a leading role – in the following interdisciplinary courses of study.
On the following pages you can find a detailed overview of the profile and structure of each individual course of study as well as information for students and those interested in the courses. Furthermore, extensive information on the courses as well as various advice is available.