How is the study program structured?

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A degree program consists of modules that are defined in the examination regulations and described in more detail in the module handbook. In terms of content and time, it makes sense to study these modules in a certain order. For each degree program, there is a sample study plan that shows you an ideal typical course. If you study in this way, you will be able to complete your studies in the standard period of study. This is not always possible, so there may be individual deviations from the suggested sequence. When planning, you should bear in mind that not every module is offered in the winter and summer semesters and that some modules necessarily build on each other or have other participation requirements. The student advisor will support you in the individual organization of your studies.

In the basic modules in the first year of study, the methodological and theoretical foundations of sociology are taught. You will be introduced to techniques of scientific work and get an insight into the profile of sociology in Kassel. For this purpose, you will attend lectures, but also tutorials and seminars in which you will work together in smaller groups.

In the advanced module in the second year of study, you will apply your acquired knowledge to various social fields and learn to analyze current processes of social change using examples. To this end, you have a thematic choice from a broad spectrum of content. In a two-semester empirical internship, you will learn how to conduct an empirical survey and evaluate the data obtained. Knowledge from theory and empiricism will be combined.

Building on this, theoretical and methodological knowledge is deepened in the third year of study and questions are developed independently. The compulsory internship is prepared with a lecture in which we invite "practitioners" who report from their professional experience. The internship is followed up in a seminar and reflected upon in relation to the course of study. The studies are completed with a bachelor thesis, which documents their expertise as sociologists for a self-selected question in a delimited topic area.

Sample Study Plans

Sociology major

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Minor in sociology

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