Academic profile (B.A./M.A.)

Objectives

The degree programs in Sociology at the University of Bamberg are oriented towards five objectives. At commencement all Sociology graduates will have accomplished the following objectives:

Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in fundamental theories of central fields in micro- and macro-sociology as well as in sociological methods. They demonstrate familiarity with the essential knowledge stock of the discipline on an empirical and theoretical level.

Mastered the necessary armamentarium of sociology. The standards in academic writing and the methodological approach in sociology, especially quantitative methods of empirical social research, have been learned and applied. 

Possess the following key qualifications:

The ability to discuss and present complex interrelations, the capacity to understand, in the sense of Max Weber’s “Verstehen” (interpretative sociology), grasp the intricacies in internationally relevant research literature, the skills to develop complex themes and contents independently as well as self-organization capabilities.

All graduates develop their own profiles by flexibly tailoring their study plan and specializing in specific fields. 

The employability of sociology graduates from the University of Bamberg within the job market is strengthened due to an optimal balance between sociological fundamentals, the armamentarium, and key qualifications in combination with the specialization in future-oriented sociological fields.

The “Bamberg Model”

Major fields of study (B.A.)

  • Education, labor, family, life course
  • Population, migration, integration
  • European and global studies
  • Communication and internet
  • Labor market, labor organization, occupational science

Major fields of study (M.A.)

  • Education, labor, family, life course
  • Population, migration, integration
  • Empirical social research
  • European and global studies
  • Communication and internet
  • Labor market, organization, human resources

The “Bamberg Model” of the sociology degree programs is distinguished from other sociology degree programs in Germany by the following aspects:

 

  • A strong emphasis on the training of quantitative methodologies (armamentarium)
  • Comprehensive fundamentals in the empirical and theoretical knowledge stock of the discipline (foundations)
  • Practical use of theoretical knowledge in application-oriented courses (key qualifications)
  • Specialization in certain fields of activity (individual profile)
  • Creation of flexible and individual curricula (individual profile)

 

The overarching goal is to convey abilities and skills that ensure employability in the job market or further scientific education.