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Erasmus+ Cooperative Agreements

By thematic areas

The following is an overview of our Erasmus+ partner universities listed by thematic areas. In this context, thematic area refers to the research and teaching units in Bielefeld that coordinate the cooperations. Courses at the partner university are in many cases mainly, but not exclusively offered in this area. Courses from other thematic fields may also be offered, sometimes to a lesser extent. Therefore, it is useful to inform yourself about the study programs and course offerings on the website of the partner institution. The application is not restricted to students with a corresponding study profile but open to all students who can justify their interest according to their study cycle (BA/MA/PhD). There are four major fields at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University and a number of individual coperations.

There is also an overview listed by country or study cycle available.

For more information on the Erasmus+ programme or study exchange at the Faculty of Sociology, please contact erasmus.soc@uni-bielefeld.de. For detailed information on certain partner universities please contact the corresponding coordinators during their office hours.

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General Sociology / Organizations

The field of general sociology is primarily dedicated to examining the many aspects of sociology, including its history and classic and modern theories, as well as the questions and problems that face contemporary societies. Its main objective is to present and discuss social phenomena that influence all areas of social life. One special subfield concerns institutions and organizations. Organizational sociology deals with the role of organizations as social systems. It addresses the various issues pertaining to schools, administration, associations, family, and other types of organizations. The Research Unit 3 - Organizations at Bielefeld is dedicated to scientific studies of such institutional structures. Our partners in this area are wide-ranging and not exclusively focused on organizational sociology, but instead treat social phenomena in relation to different areas and perspectives.

The Erasmus+ coordinator responsible for the cooperation agreements in this area is Tabea Koepp.

These are the current partner universities of the Faculty of Sociology in the field of general sociology and organizations:



Migration, Transnationalization, and Development

As a field of research in the social sciences, the intersectional study of migration, transnationalization, and development conducted by the working group "Transnationalization, Development and Migration" addresses the social mechanisms which contribute to the genesis and reproduction of social practices and structures beyond the borders of national states. It specifically deals with implications for membership, such as citizenship. This agenda encompasses three areas of research: cross-border migration, development cooperation, and the Transnational Social Question. In all three fields the research deals with how categories of persons, organizations and states build social formations which cut across national borders, such as transnational social spaces, such as diasporas, transnational communities, transnational families, transnational social movements, issue networks of organizations – and the consequences of transnational social formations for lifeworlds, social inequalities and memberships.

Our partners do not always offer only sociological courses and instead may offer courses in other disciplines (such as: International relations, Anthropology, etc.) closely related to this field of research. Therefore, this field is recommended for those students whose study profiles are “Migration, Transnationalization, and Development” (BA program) and “Sociology of the Global World” (MA program).

The Erasmus+ coordinator responsible for the cooperation agreements in this area i s Natalya Kashkovskaya.

The “Migration, Transnationalization, and Development” working group, which is part of the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, has established partnerships with the following universities in the areas of migration, transnationalization, and development:

These are the partnerships of the working group in the frame of the Erasmus+ International Dimension programme:



Political Science

The political science understands policy to be an expression of societal forms of organization, relations, and interactions. Research in this area is focused on political and social structures, processes, and relations found not only in classic fields such as political theories and systems, comparative politics, and international relations, but also in areas such as the dimensions of globalization, world society, and the relationship between political systems and the social environment. The research unit 4 - Politics and Society at Bielefeld not only emphasizes the connection between political science and sociology, but also the connections with related disciplines such as economy and law.

The Erasmus+ coordinator responsible for the agreements in this area is Prof. Dr. Oliver Flügel-Martinsen

These are the current partner universities of the Faculty of Sociology in the field of political science:



Social anthropology

Anthropology is the comparative study of cultures and societies across time and space. Using a grounded perspective, it is primarily concerned with human relationships in context and with dynamics of social change. The methodological hallmark of the discipline is ethnography, the anthropologist’s work of immersing in the everyday realities of people and communities over long periods of time to understand how larger processes and power relations are at work in their lives.

In a globally connected world, social anthropology is ideally positioned to contribute to the understanding of our diversity and similarity as human beings as well as the global forces that bring us together or set us apart. Students of social anthropology are trained to acquire the tools and concepts that allow them to identify critical social, economic and political patterns in mundane social and cultural artifacts and practices.

Social anthropology is closely related to sociology. While there used to be clear distinctions between the two disciplines, their mutual deployment of concepts, methods and research interests in recent decades indicates an increasingly blurred boundary. Indeed, social anthropology and sociology complement each other very well in advancing knowledge on human societies and social behavior.

The Erasmus+ coordinator responsible for the agreements in this area is  Dr. Éva Rozália Hölzle.

These are the worldwide partner universities of the research group social anthropology in the frame of the Erasmus+ International Dimension programme:


Single cooperations

The Faculty has several single cooperations that are administrated by different coordinators. Coordinators in this area are: Prof. Dr. Volker Kruse (Sofia), Holly Patch (Basel), Prof. Dr. Ruth Ayaß (Helsinki), Dr. Verena Molitor (St. Petersburg).

Erasmus+ International Dimension programme:









Events & Deadlines

Erasmus+ Sprechstunde/ Office hours:
Aktuell bieten wir eine online Sprechstunde an. Bitte kontaktiert uns zum Termin vereinbaren per Mail an erasmus.soc@uni-bielefeld.de

// At the moment we are offering online office hours. Please contact us to make an appointment by mail to erasmus.soc@uni-bielefeld.de


PDF-DokumentCourses taught in English - WS 2020/21

Alle Kurse für das kommende Wintersemester 2020/21 sind auch im eKVV online einsehbar! Englischsprachige Veranstaltungen finden Sie HIER.

All courses for the upcoming winter semester 2020/21 are also available online in the eKVV. You can find an overview of courses in English  HERE.









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