Work and the environment, business and technology, politics and culture, family life and free time - society's transformation is touching all areas of life and permanently changing the environment we live and work in. There is no other subject that explores and explains these changes like the field of sociology.
What holds a society together? What are the driving factors behind social inequality? How significant is business, politics, and culture within a society? How will digitization change society as we know it today? What will the working world of the future look like and what will our lives be like in this world?
Sociology is the science of society, exploring how living together as a society is even possible, how people are when they interact with other, and over time, what differences - but also similarities - there are between different societies. The study of sociology aims to identify, describe and understand human actions and the social processes that arise from these actions.
The Bachelor's degree program in Sociology gives you an opportunity to learn, examine, and understand current social issues in an academically sound manner. Your understanding will form the basis to tackle current social challenges and social issues using a targeted approach.
Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
German (level C1), individual courses will also be offered in English
As part of the Bachelor’s degree program in Sociology, students are required to complete courses totaling 180 ECTS credits in the following subject areas:
New students will be required to complete the StEOP requirements at the beginning of the Bachelor's degree program. The required StEOP courses are outlined in the curriculum. You must pass the required StEOP courses or you will be limited when trying to register for additional courses.
Students in the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology focus strongly on interdisciplinary approaches and directions. Business, politics, and law - you will be required to learn more about "associated" disciplines in order to better understand special social sub-areas. Areas of specialization include:
The Bachelor's degree program in Sociology gives you a wide-ranging overview of social and societal interactions, social challenges and academically/scientifically based opportunities to shape society. You will be in a position to independently apply what you have learned and specialize. You will learn how to effectively communicate complex subject matter and research findings to both experts and laymen. Your skills will include:
You will also hone the following skills:
Sociologists are sought-after experts and often hold key positions at various organizations and companies.
After successfully completing your Bachelor's degree, you can also pursue an advanced degree, such a Master's degree in Sociology or another related subject area, such as Corporate Social Policy & Welfare, Civic Studies, and much more.
In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.
Enroll without being subject to an admissions procedure; you can begin studies either at the start of the Winter Semester or the start of the Summer Semester.
If you have any questions about the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology offered by the Institute of Sociology, please send an e-mail to: Bachelor-Soziologie@jku.at
What is the difference between degree programs in Sociology, Social Economics, and social work?
Sociology explores social structures and processes by using various theories and methods. Students not only examine human action, social behavior and social change by asking themselves how a society is structured and organized, but also how individual actors, organizations and institutions interact, as well as what kinds of norms, values and structures play influential roles.
Social Economics is an interdisciplinary degree program combining social work and social education, sociology, and selected areas of business administration and economics.
The social work program trains students to pursue social work and social education. Graduates of the social work program use acquired insight in education, sociology and psychology to provide support services to people in difficult situations while also helping shape their lives and actively take part in social processes.
What's so special about the JKU's degree program in the Sociology?
I also have a job. Can I earn a Bachelor's program in Sociology on a part-time basis?
Many of our students work and study. In this regard, faculty members try and accommodate our students' schedules as best they can. Many courses and research internships are often offered at off-peak times or in block sessions. The program is flexible and provides numerous options combine studies with work responsibilities.
Can I take courses via distance learning?
Some individual courses include distance learning options and course content will be made available to you online. The majority of the courses - particularly during the first semesters - are held on-site at the JKU campus.*
*Providing current Covid-19 safety mandates and regulations permit on-site classroom instruction.
What exactly are the regulations for the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP)?
The Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP) consists of mandatory courses you are expected to take at the start of your studies. These courses will provide you with an overview of key academic content in your selected major.
The StEOP requirements for the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology consist of a mandatory course titled "VU Einführung in die Speziellen Soziologien" together with one of these three basic courses titled "VU Allgemeine Soziologie: Grundbegriffe", "VU Grundzüge der empirischen Sozialforschung", or "PS Proseminar aus Soziologie".
You may only complete a limited number of ECTS credits (15 ECTS credits as listed in the curriculum) before completing the StEOP requirements.
What English language skills are required in order to complete
the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology?
While some individual courses or electives are offered in English, the majority of courses in the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology are held in German. Some German-language courses require reading articles and textbooks in English.
The course "Englisch für Sozialwissenschaften" is required as part of the supplementary subjects.
During my studies, how can I specialize in certain subject areas?
Who can I get in touch with if I have questions about the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology?
How can I best plan my semesters?
The Bachelor's degree program in Sociology is a minimum of six semesters. Students need to successfully complete 180 ECTS credits in order to graduate; these ECTS credits are a combination of mandatory courses, elective courses, autonomous study courses, and the Bachelor's degree thesis. See the JKU course catalog to learn more about the different types of courses as well as how many ECTS credits they are worth and what the semester hours are.
Refer to the recommended plan of study (for full-time or part-time students) to help plan just how you should organize course registration.
Can I start the Master's degree program in Sociology at the JKU
if I am close to finishing the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology?
If you have successfully earned 150 ECTS credits in the Bachelor's degree program, you can begin taking graduate level courses while still in the undergraduate program, provided you meet content-related requirements (such as prerequisite courses).
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing an advanced degree:
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