The Research Unit Sociological Theory pursues the approach of a problem-centered teaching of theory, which promotes research-based learning among students at an early stage. Basic problems that are to be addressed across the sociological schools of theory are, for example, the social relationship to nature, processes of identity formation, dynamics of the reproduction of social inequality, relations of intentionality and transintentionality, the spectrum of social forms of bonding and relationships, processes of social order formation, cultural diversity, social boundary formation, social bonds of space and time, questions regarding world society and the concept of society, etc.
The Research Unit Sociological Theory participates in all courses of the Department of Sociology. This includes courses in BA and MA Sociology as well as in the teacher training program, especially in the subject "Politics and Economics" as well as in the core studies of education and social sciences. In addition, we have a special responsibility for the MA "Philosophy of Forms of Knowledge" among the interdepartmental collaborations.