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Sociology – European Societies

- Master´s programs

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology
Contact
Prof. Dr. Dieter Ohr
Address
Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin

For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree with a sociology component of at least 60 credit points, with at least 10 credit points in social science research methods
  • Proof of proficiency in English (level B2 CEFR).

Most courses of this program are taught in English. German proficiency is not required.

Please find more information on the application procedure and eligibility requirements here.
Further information can be found in our FAQs.
You can find our admissions regulations here (in German only).

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.

The research-based program concentrates on the description and analysis of the social aspects of Europeanization: To what extent are European nation states already integrated into a European community? Under which conditions is further integration possible?

In the focus are socio-cultural and cultural differences, similarities and conflicts in a comparative perspective. Changes of societies on a national level as a result of economic, political and social Europeanization will be analyzed. The course also considers Europe and Europeanization within a global context and in comparison to other regions of the world.

The institute of sociology only offers the master’s program „Sociology – European Societies“ - this ensures excellent mentoring.

Furthermore the study program benefits from an extraordinary social science infrastructure in Berlin.

The master’s program is offered by the institute of sociology in cooperation with the following institutions of Freie Universität:

• Institute for Political Science (OSI)

• Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI)

• Institute for East European Studies (OEI)

• John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (JFK)

and together with:

• Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)

• German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

A number of researchers affiliated with these centres offer courses in the master’s program. Besides this, many students benefit from the employment opportunities from these institutions and related chances to learn about applied social science up to now.

The comparative perspective regarding research and teaching – which is quite rare at German universities – facilitates describing and explaining contemporary developments of Europeanization and globalization within a theoretical framework and with the help of empirical data.

1st Semester Admissions
Restricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Restricted admission (for 3rd semester for winter semester, for 2nd and 4th semester for summer semester)
Application and Registration Period
Only for the 1st semester: April 15 – May 31 (winter semester), only for higher semesters: July 1 - August 15 (winter semester) and January 20 - February 15 (summer semester)
Program Start
Winter semester
Language
English, German
Degree
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration
4 semesters

The master’s program „Sociology – European Societies“ encompasses four study sections:

• Basics (Modules 1-3)

• Consolidation (Modules 4-6)

• Specialization (Modules 7 and 8)

• Completion (master thesis and colloquium).

The study regulations contain further information regarding structure, procedure, content and amount of work; the examination regulations include types, requirements of examinations and credit points.

For further details, please check our website: www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/soziologie/studium/master/program/structure-modules.

Sections and corresponding modules of the study program at a glance:

Study section: Basics
Module 1                       European Integration and the Development of European Societies since 1945
Module 2                           Sociological Theories of Social Change and Integration
Module 3 Methods of Comparative Research in Social Sciences
Study section: Consolidation
Module 4 Social Structure and Inequality in European Societies
Module 5 Culture and Values in European Societies
Module 6 Globalization and Regional Development
Study section: Specialization
Module 7 Research Practicum
Module 8 Area of Specialization
Study section: Completion
 

Master Thesis

The master thesis serves to prove that students are qualified to work independently on research questions with scientific methods.                                                                                     

The academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.) is awarded after successful graduation of the program.

The course aims at qualifying students for positions in academic and science-related professions. It equips graduates for work within academic and political fields; for example, for positions in social science and research centers, international and particularly European Organizations, NGOs and governmental institutions. Additionally, the program enables graduates to teach at universities and other higher education institutions.

The following suggestions for further reading aim to give the reader an insight into

a) Sociology of Europe

b) concrete research at the institute of sociology.

You do not have to buy them in preparation for the master.

towards a)

• Crouch, Colin (1999): Social Change in Western Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

• Immerfall, Stefan and Göran Therborn (eds) (2010): Handbook of European Societies. Social Transformations in the 21st Century. New York: Springer.

• Mau, Steffen and Roland Verwiebe (2010): European Societies. Mapping Structure and Change. Bristol: The Policy Press.

• Medrano, Juan Diez (2003): Framing Europe. Attitudes to European Integration in Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

towards b)

• Gerhards, Jürgen, Hans, Silke und Carlson, Sören (2014): Globalisierung, Bildung und grenzüberschreitende Mobilität. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. [Globalization, Education, and Transnational Mobility – partly in English].

• Gerhards, Jürgen (2012): From Babel to Brussels. European Integration and the Importance of Transnational Linguistic Capital. Berlin Studies on the Sociology of Europe (BSSE) No. 28. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

• Gerhards, Jürgen (2007): Cultural Overstretch? Differences Between Old and New Member States of the EU and Turkey. London/New York: Routledge.