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Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

The Bachelor's degree program in Sociology has been designed to provide students with broad, sociological-based education that includes interdisciplinary approaches, sound theoretical theory in the fundamentals of sociology, and methodological expertise. Graduates are able to scientifically address problem-specific issues and tasks in order to work in a broad range of professional occupations ranging from social analysis and decision-making areas to fields of negotiation and design. In preparation of a professional career, the well-balanced, theoretical and empirical program prepares students to,

  • analyze complex social contexts based on sociologcal theories and methods and confront economic, socio-political and socio-cultural contexts,
  • approach theory-led as well as assigned and/or self-selected tasks systematically,
  • acquire, plan and efficiently handle independent projects (analysis, planning, consulting and evaluation) properly and methodically,
  • translate and implement research results to serve as proposals for action and design opportunities in business, culture and society,
  • conduct independent work responsibly and cooperate with others effectively by using good organizational and communication skills.

Key Areas of Expertise

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology possess professional skills based on technical and methodological expertise as well as a strong social skill set and transfer skill set.

In addition to expertise in social sciences and a sound methodological skill set, social skills serve to meet the increasing demands of a collaborative and interdisciplinary work style at and outside of the university as well as contribute responsibly to design processes. Acquired expertise from the program enables graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology to,

  • work systematically and with conceptual precision to understand manifestations, causes and effects within societies,
  • think in a networked, coherent manner in order to analyze academic material and make arguments,
  • independently investigate and process social and problem-relevant information,
  • create independent and theoretically sound research projects,
  • analyze complex social issues in the respective professional fields and
  • evaluate social, economic, political and cultural structures and processes at the analysis level of sociological work.

Methodological skills acquired during the program allow graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology to,

  • independently create and draft high-quality empirical research projects that address current issues, implementing them with established quantative and qualitative methods and
  • apply acquired methodological expertise in support of diagnosing, explaining, and solving problems and challenges from different social fields of practice and ultimately making them available in an interdisciplinary way.

Using the social skills sets and transfer skill sets acquired during the program, graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology can successfully meet growing job specification demands, particularly in the following areas:

  • Communication and presentation skills,
  • Ability to work well within a group setting and project team,
  • Cooperation and conflict resolution skills, conflict management,
  • Moderation skills to successfully manage group processes,
  • Independent acquisition of information and independent work skills,
  • Sound skills of reflection and reasoning.

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology acquire a strong social skill set designed to develop a perceptive and creative sense of communicative awareness. This skill set allows graduates to capture social processes and dynamics as well as understand and problem-solving processes. Graduates are thus in a position to formulate corresponding proposals with a modern understanding of service and make them available in various areas. Investing in the development of social skills and transfer skills benefit society as they are a part of all areas of life.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology are qualified to meet many professional profile requirements, particularly in the fields of:

  • at service facilities and companies (such as educational and consulting fields, social services, healthcare, culture, politics, tourism and recreation, etc.);
  • at private and public teaching and research facilities;
  • at companies, particularly in organizational and human resource departments;
  • at national and international organizations (particularly at NGOs);
  • at media offices and new communication systems;
  • pursue independent, entrepreneurial endeavors,
  • in interest groups, associations and political parties;
  • at social and economics research institutions;
  • at all levels of administration.

Academic Degree Program / Length

Academic Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BSc or BSc (JKU))
Program Length: 6 Semesters

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