Teaching of the Chair of Technology and Organization
Our goals as teachers
Excellent and attractive instruction for motivated students
High practical orientation due to excursions and work shadowing at our practice partners, among other things
Insights into current research (the subject matter of our research projects is also used for our practical seminars)
A good mix of mandatory curriculum and individual prioritization/specialization
Guidance regarding career prospects
Final papers with interesting topics and good support, also in cooperation with companies
Are machines capable of social action? How does technology extend the possibilities of organizational control? How are socio-technical arrangements “gendered”? How can societal acceptance of technical innovations be explained? Are online avatars still human or already machines?
Technology shapes social experience and action. This fact, in turn, raises societal demands regarding technical developments. Our chair takes up this complex interplay and offers corresponding courses that can be taken starting at year 3 of the “Gesellschaftswissenschaften” bachelor’s program.
The study program includes a wide range of academic courses in the technology-related focal points of sociological research at RWTH Aachen University, such as
- Sociology of Technology
- Futures Studies and Innovation Research
- Gender and Technology Studies
- Sociology of Organization
In addition, you will be taught in the two fundamental competence areas of “Sociological Theory Development” and “Methods of Empirical Social Sciences”. On this foundation, you will learn how to measure, in a methodically controlled way, the dynamic interrelation between technology and society and how to theoretically reflect on your findings.
What Our Students Say
I particularly enjoyed the introductory lecture on technical sociology at the Chair of Sociology of Technology and Organization, because I learned exactly what topics and functions technical sociology includes. I also enjoyed the seminar "Networks through Digitalization in Organization," as this was the first time I could apply theory to practice. Furthermore, I want to emphasize how all of the lecturers I've met at the Chair have made a very personable impression and are easy to contact with questions even outside of office hours.
John Temitayo Aliu, Single-Subject Master's in Sociology, third semester