Bachelor's Programme Socioloy

Faculty School of Social and Political Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-F 0314 Sociology and Cultural Studies
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 033 505
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2007W) *
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
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* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
24,6

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
32,4
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
25,7
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
17,3
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Introduction to Sociological Perspectives and Approaches (CM 1a, 2 hrs., 5 ECTS- Credits),
  2. VO Sociological Perspectives and Approaches - Contemporary Society (CM 1b, 2 hrs., 5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjets.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the followig course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

1. VO Introduction to Sociology (2 hours, 5 ECTS-Credits)
2. VO Introduction to Sociology - Contemporary Society (2 hours, 5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) and to write bachelor's theses as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

Entrance in Wintersemester

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Sociological Perspectives and Approaches
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Scientific Working Skills in Sociology
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Methods of Social Sciences
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Social and Politcal Theories › continue second semester

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Statistics
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Social Theories
10.0 ECTS-Credits: European Social Structure and Culture and Gender Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Interdisciplinary Skills1
1It is possible to recognise professional practice (extent 120 hours) instead to this elective module after the 2. term

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Structures and Change of Contemporary Society 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Market, State, Social Institutions 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Statistics

Fourth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Life World, Life Forms: Individual and Society 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Rural and Regional Sociology 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Methods of Social Sciences

Fifth Semester »

15.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Project 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Advanced I

Sixth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Project 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Advanced II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Graphic chart »

ba-soziologie_studienverlauf 2014_en


Entrance in Summersemester

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Sociological Perspectives and Approaches
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Scientific Working Skills in Sociology
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Statistics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: European Social Structure and Culture and Gender Studies

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Methods of Social Sciences
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Social and Political Theories› continue third semester
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Statistics

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Social Theories
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Life World, Life Forms: Individual and Society 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Rural and Regional Sociology 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Methods of Social Sciences

Fourth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Structures and Change of Contemporary Society 1
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Market, State, Social Institutions 1
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Project 1

Fifth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Project 2
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminar with Bachelor's Thesis
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Advanced I

Sixth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Advanced II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Interdisciplinary Skills1
1It is possible to recognise professional practice (extent 120 hours) instead to this elective module after the 2. term

Graphic chart »

ba-soziologie_studienverlauf_ss_2015_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor's Programme Sociology is grouped among the social and economic sciences. It equips students with current theoretical and practical knowledge of global and national society and enables them to analyse the social, cultural, economic and political structures and contexts of human activity. Topics range from the various phenomena of globalization and the contours of contemporary society to questions of cultural conflict, gender identity and the personal creation of identity.

Sociology requires both theory and empiricism to investigate its issues. Using theory, complex relationships can be made accessible. The programme considers European thought as well as current questions of worldwide debate. Using empirical research methods, sociology puts its ear to human activities in society. Together, the two approaches constitute the view of sociology. Thematic and practical work hone decision-making abilities. Students acquire soft skills and social competence through teamwork and projects.

In addition to theoretical, empirical and international strengths, special features in Innsbruck are: the (nearly) common founding year with the Department of Political Science and the specialization areas of contemporary society, market/state, lifeworlds and agrarian and regional sociology.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates acquire comprehensive understanding of the subject and possess knowledge of general and specialized sociology, empirical social research, and related areas. Using these abilities, they are able to collect information and develop scientifically sound solutions to practical problems, to assess and implement such solutions, and to apply their qualifications in a wide variety of occupational fields, e.g. in social and healthcare capacities, in education and training, in recreational and cultural facilities, and in the media. They possess social competences, teamwork abilities, presentation and moderations skills, etc.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor's Programme Sociology compete successfully with graduates of other social, economic and cultural science fields for a wide range of occupational opportunities in the rapidly changing employment market. A third of graduates work in social scientific capacities: in research institutions and in teaching, in governmental positions, associations and NGOs. A further third of graduates work in the media (10% journalists), in commercial enterprises, in social work, and increasingly in international organizations.

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Associate Dean of Studies - Recognition of exams
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Bogner

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assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz Eder

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