Sociology – Bachelor minor subject

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Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor).

Sociology, which is also in the same department as anthropology in Konstanz, is concerned with the structures of human beings living together in a society. It examines the principles and processes that shape a society, provide cohesion or drive it apart. Sociology is equally interested in migrants and brokers, the labour market and consumer behaviour, the media and educational institutions. So how do societies and their social units function, which role does culture play and how is knowledge communicated and acquired? When you study sociology you learn how to answer such questions with a variety of theories and methods. Focusing on anthropology, you will also learn how societies outside of Europe function. You learn how to describe, understand and explain societies.

Overview

Programme startWinter semester
Application period27.05. - 15.9.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS39
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Content

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

When studying sociology as a minor you will gain a basic knowledge of sociology. You will attend introductory classes (basic concepts in sociological theory, cultural sociology), a lecture and a tutorial in quantitative or qualitative methods. Depending on your interests you can then deepen and broaden your acquired knowledge in three seminars on different topics (e.g. migration sociology, higher education research, labour market sociology, political anthropology).

A Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities typically consists of a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). You are also required to attend the "Überfachliche berufsorientierte Qualifikationen" (Interdisciplinary career preparation) module (20 credits) and complete an internship. Please click here to find out more about studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities.

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table (in German).


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Possible main subjects

When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.

You can combine the Bachelor minor Sociology with the following major subjects:

  • British and American Studies (BAST)The Bachelor's Programme in British and American Studies (BAST) is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.

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  • German LiteratureIn our Bachelor's Programme in German Literature you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.

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  • French LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in French Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.

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  • HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests.

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  • Italian LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in Italian Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.

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  • Classics and the Ancient Near EastThis bachelor's programme is designed to convey a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. The interdisciplinary courses stretch from literary studies (Greek/Latin) via history to archaeology.

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  • PhilosophyIn our bachelor's programme in philosophy you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.

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  • Slavic LiteraturesIn our Bachelor's Programme in Slavic Literatures you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.

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  • Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThis bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.

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Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • You should be interested in society as well as in other cultural circles
  • Structured working methods
  • Good English skills

Language skills

You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.


Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German.

Some courses are taught in English. Course work can also be completed in English.

Admission requirements

The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exempetion of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application. Here you can find a general overview of required documents.

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