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Lehrveranstaltungen SoSe 2019

Soziologie und Sozialforschung, M.A.

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2. Semester

SF 3: Inhaltliche Vertiefungsmodule

Inhaltliches Vertiefungsmodul zu einem Thema aus einem der folgenden Schwerpunktbereiche.

SF 3a: Sozialstrukur und Lebensformen

VAKTitel der VeranstaltungDozentIn
08-M48-2-SF3aSocial Inequality and Living Arrangements (in englischer Sprache)
[Lebenslagen und Lebensphasen]

ECTS: 14

This seminar introduces various topics and research issues in the areas of life-course research, living arrangements, and social inequalities. We will discuss the main theoretical approaches, relevant concepts and selected empirical results in the pertinent areas. The focus is on broad issues related to the socioeconomic position and the life stages of individuals. In the course of the semester, the aim is to develop workable research questions that participants will continue to work on in the following semesters, and eventually conclude with an MA thesis.
How to select and conceptualize the research idea requires both tools and practice. An identification of a suitable research question and its refinement into a working research plan is thus the main objective of this course. Students will be guided through the preparation of a research proposal and the selection of research methods. Throughout the semester, students will present and discuss their project ideas in class. The outcome will be a Prospectus in which the research question, overview of the literature and plans for an empirical research work will be outlined.
Language of instruction is English, discussions and written contributions can be in English or German.

Suggested literature:
Huinink, Johannes & Dirk Konietzka. 2007. Familiensoziologie. Ein Lehrbuch. Frankfurt/M.: Campus
Firebaugh, Glenn. 2008. Seven Rules for Social Research. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Prof. Sonja Drobnic

Wahlbereich - General Studies

Der Wahlbereich umfasst drei Bereiche: General Studies Angebot des Faches Soziologie, General Studies Angebot aus dem Fachbereich 8 Sozialwissenschaften, General Studies Angebot anderer Fächer. Die Angebote können fei gewählt werden.

General Studies Angebot des Faches Soziologie

Ergänzung und Vertiefung Spezieller Soziologien

VAKTitel der VeranstaltungDozentIn
08-29-GS-22Status Competition and Social Segregation. New Dynamics of Social Inequality. (in englischer Sprache)
Seminar auf Englisch

ECTS: 3/6

wöchentlich Di 14:00 - 16:00 UNICOM 7.4680 (SOCIUM - Mary-Somerville-Str. 7) (2 SWS)
Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg

Ergänzung und Vertiefung empirischer Methoden

VAKTitel der VeranstaltungDozentIn
08-29-GS-32Multivariate Research Methods (in englischer Sprache)
[Multivariate Forschungsmethoden]

ECTS: 6/3

wöchentlich Mo 08:00 - 10:00 UNICOM 3.3380 (SOCIUM - Mary-Somerville-Str. 3) (2 SWS)

Objectives: Multivariate Research Methods course provides an introduction to the logic of statistical control and multivariate statistical models, as they are commonly applied in the social science disciplines. The course emphasizes the understanding of statistical concepts and usage of statistics rather than mathematical formulas. The goals are: to enhance the students’ awareness of various methods in design and analysis of various social science problems; to introduce students to different methods and techniques for analyzing quantitative data; to develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate published work in social sciences; to develop students’ skills in modelling and carrying out their own research; to learn how to interpret results of statistical analyses; to guide and prepare students for more advanced courses in statistical methods.

Organization of the Course: Multivariate Research Methods I (MRM I, 8-10) will provide an overview and introduction into various statistical methods. MRM II (10-12) will provide an opportunity to deepen the knowledge of methods through reading and discussing professional literature where the methods are applied. It is recommended to take both courses but it is also possible to register for MRM I only.

Participants: This course is designed for advanced BA-students who have command of the basic social science methodology and statistics, such as descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as an introductory methods course at the Master's level. Interested participants from various social science programs and disciplines are welcome.

Language of instruction is English. Discussion, assignments, and exam: English or German.

Grading: Students are expected to attend and actively participate in the class. There are several grading schemes and options.

Multivariate Research Methods I only: General Studies ECTS 3 (pass/fail) or 6 (graded).

Multivariate Research Methods II (in addition to ECTS received for MRM I) : General Studies ECTS 3.

Suggested readings: Agresti, Alan and Barbara Finley (various editions): „Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences,” Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Additional readings for MRM II will be provided in class. ‹‹ weniger

Prof. Sonja Drobnic

Praxisrelevanz und Berufsorientierung

VAKTitel der VeranstaltungDozentIn
08-29-GS-41Sociology Meets Psychology: Intercultural Communication for Social Sustainability in Organisations (in englischer Sprache)
[Soziologie trifft Psychologie: Interkulturelle Kommunikation für sozial nachhaltiges Handeln in Organisationen]]

ECTS: 3/6

zweiwöchentlich (Startwoche: 2) Di 18:00 - 21:00 SFG 0140 SFG 1040 (2 SWS)

“Understanding is the journey into the land of the other.”(Fazil Hüsnü Daglarca, poet)

To be understood stems from understanding, an ability to change perspective, and of reflection. In order to act socially sustainably in organisations, people are obliged to deal with a growingly complex role set in competent ways. Key competences and social skills play a vital role in dealing with the complexity of human diversity. Is it enough to travel, to attend a training, to read a book for “intercultural competence”? Probably it is not. In this trainings-seminar, approaches of intercultural understanding are examined in 7 workshops of 3 full hours: Theoretical frameworks are laid out, exercises and levels of reflection are experienced. Enlightenment and practical value from different approaches are examined. Participants explore the issue interactively with theory and by exercises, always in the light of entering a probably intercultural work life in the near future.

Framework: Social sustainability is one of three global goals noted in the Rio Convention 1992 by the UN World Commission of Environment and Development. While economic sustainability is a booster of change for modern organisations, ecological sustainability remains a constant task, while social sustainability is less looked at in the everyday workplace. Therefore, it is important to understand how organisational structures and subjective processing and coping are interlinked. This General Studies is comprised of four parts: 1 Postmodern issues, 2 Selected solutions, 3 Issues of further in-depth investigation, 4 Intercultural communication. It is based on sociological and psychological knowledge, focussing on theories and praxis concepts that allow gathering an understanding on how organisations and their role actors can shape a workplace “socially sustainably”. All seminar parts can be studied separately, or as a row.

The seminar uses English as a lingua franca. Coping with the effects of this setting is part of the reflection within the course, referring to differences between communication, comprehension and understanding within the working environment. Students are supported to express themselves. The interactive setting combines theoretical and practical parts, supporting reflection of own experiences. Students should be willing to participate in this manner. A field exploration for research-based learning will be part of this terms requirements.

Open for 1st semester students and above, recommended for Bachelor students before their internship and thesis, as well as for Master students, and open to Erasmus students and to students of other faculties. Please note: this course is limited to 20 participants.

2 SWS: Fortnightly, starting in the 2nd week of the term, (probably) Tuesdays 6 – 9 pm; 3 hours (s.t.!). Please register reliable via Stud.IP for your participation.

Hall, E. (1959). The Silent Language. Garden City. https://monoskop.org/images/5/57/Hall_Edward_T_The_Silent_Language.pdf
Hofstede, G. (1980). Cultures Consequences. International differences in work-related values. Sage.
Crisp, R. (ed.)(2010). The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity. Wiley-Blackwell.
Meyerhuber, S. et al. (2018). Theme-centered Interaction in Higher Education. A didactic approach for sustainable and living learning. Springer.

Performance requirement ECTS points
Preparation of an interactive lecture and exposition in small groups (6 CP / 3 CP).

Dr. Sylke Meyerhuber

General Studies Angebot aus dem Fachbereich 8 / Sozialwissenschaften

VAKTitel der VeranstaltungDozentIn
08-zsp-GS-1018Introduction to feminist methods and methodology (in englischer Sprache)
Einführung in die feministische Erkenntnistheorie und Methoden


wöchentlich Mo 14:00 - 16:00 GW2 B1216 (2 SWS)

A recurring question from my students concerns the distinctiveness of feminist approaches to methods, methodologies, and epistemologies. This key question is posed in different ways: Is there a specifically feminist method? Are there feminist methodologies and epistemologies, or simply feminist approaches to these? Answers to these questions are far from straightforward given the continually evolving nature of feminist reflections on the methodological and epistemological dimensions and dilemmas of research. This course attempts to address these questions by tracing recent developments in this area.
The seminar demonstrates the many ways in which feminist researchers continue to challenge, develop, reflect and strive for robust practices and warrantable knowledges. This is configured through; inter alia, notions of voice, positionality, representation, intersectional understandings, strong objectivity and feminist empiricism. A large part of the course will be devoted to methods and their application in praxis. Students should have basic knowledge of research methods (at least done the course introduction to research methods). The course language is English, however, depending upon composition and request of students.

Harding S. (1987): Is There a Feminist Method? In: Harding S. (eds) Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1–14
Ramazanoglu C, Holland J. (2002): Feminist Methodology : Challenges and Choices. London: SAGE Publications Ltd
Rayaprol A. (2016): Feminist research: Redefining methodology in the social sciences. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 50(3), 368–388

Andrea Schäfer, Mag.
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