Relevance to Master's Degree Program


Questions and content aspects that have been the subject of your Bachelor’s degree program can also be deepened in the further course content from an empirical and methodological point of view. For this purpose, the classes of the Teaching and Research Unit of Methods of Empirical Social Research, which are offered in the framework of the Master's degree program of sociology (such as the research lab course). The following topics can be listed here:

  • How can social change be explained empirically in a variety of areas of life – family, working environment, politics, education – and theorized?
  • How are crises of social development – such as the postponement of partnership-based institutionalization processes, the rise of populist parties and movements, the expansion of atypical employment relationships and their unsettling consequences – sociologically, that is theoretically and empirically founded, explainable?

  • Which methodological problems and challenges arise from the theoretically and empirically based response to certain sociological questions? Are, for example, existing measuring instruments sufficient for recording social change processes? How could existing instruments be enhanced or new instruments conceived and empirically verified?
  • Which methodological, that is scientific and epistemological questions arise in view of the social problems and methodological challenges associated with social transformation processes? How, for example, can the relationship between quantitative and qualitative and explanatory and understanding approaches be (re)designed?

A detailed overview of the subject and research areas covered in the Teaching and Research Unit can be found here. If you are interested in a final thesis with an empirical focus, please contact the respective staff.