Development sociology refers to both a sub-discipline of sociology and an approach within the interdisciplinary field of development studies. Development sociology examines uneven and combined development, its origins, effects and changes over time, at one or multiple levels of analysis, from global (e.g. world-systems) to regional, from national to local. Research in this field is concerned with the manifold global threats that give rise to inequalities among people and disparities among countries or regions.
We convey development theories from the global South and the global North that attempt to explain how societies develop and how “a good life” can be achieved.
The courses in development sociology are based on new scientific approaches and literature. The topics of our lectures and seminars include, among others: historical and contemporary development theories, problems and challenges of international development policy, globalization and its consequences, crises and crisis policies in the global South and in the global North, migrations, food crises and conflicts over resources, social change and the role of elites and social movements.
Political sociology is a sub-discipline of sociology that is closely related to political science. It deals with the social conditions of political action and political processes. The focus is on the development and change of political systems, forms of power and rule.
Students acquire knowledge about political structures, processes, institutions and actors, and learn to understand them in their interaction with social dynamics. In line with the profile of our department, topics of political sociology are analyzed in their national, regional and global dimensions.
Taking into consideration new scientific approaches and literature, our lectures and seminars in political sociology deal with the following topics, among others: globalization and regional integration, mechanisms and institutions of global inequality, theory and practice of social movements, conflicts and transformation of global power relations.