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The Chair for Political Sociology focusses on two broad topics in teaching and research, determinants for political behaviour as well as social identities and intergroup conflicts, either nationally (with a focus on Germany) or in international comparison.
We follow the paradigm of theoretically based empirical research which takes place at the intersection of political science, sociology, and social psychology, using primarily quantitative methods. Our research focusses specifically on the relation between emotions, personality and individual political behaviour, the connection of social identities and affective polarisation as well as the political integration of young people and immigrant-origin citizens.
Every semester, we offer several seminars on central topics from the realm of electoral research and public opinion, at least one in English on the master level. Enabling students to critically discuss theoretical approaches and conduct their own empirical analyses is the main goal of our teaching.