Master's Programme Sociology: Social and Political Theory

Faculty School of Social and Political Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0388 Inter-disc. Progr. involv. Social Sciences, Journalism a. Inform.
Mode of Study
Study Code
C 066 905
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2008W)*
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

* Information on the Curriculum (2008W)

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:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

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
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 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 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).


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: General Social Theories
  •   9 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Special Sociology (incl. Gender)
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Methods on Empirical Social Research (incl. Statistics)

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

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 4 semesters or 120 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).

First semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module Philosophy of Science and Methodology of Social Sciences
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module History of Social and Political Thought
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Classical Sociological Theory

Second semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Contemporary Sociological Theory
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Systemic Social Theories
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Theories of Action

Third semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Compulsory Module Theory-Based Empirical Social and Policy Analysis
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Theories of the State, Democracy and Power
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Culture and Society

Fourth semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Colloquium
25.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defense

Alternative Elective Modules »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Gender Theories
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Individual Focus or Elective Module Professionals Practical Training

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Social and Political Theory conveys the core competence of a confident and commanding treatment of sociological, social and political theory and method, skills that are key to the multitude of socio-scientific studies and those in the related fields of sociology, political science and empirical social research.

Socio-scientific perspectives and approaches are essential in order to understand globalization processes, state and democracy, social difference and inequality, gender relations, culture, aesthetics and cultural conflicts, and to explain empirically – beyond all societal dogma – global governance, supranational politics, ethnicity and identity politics.

Students acquire the key competences of generalizable knowledge, analytical strengths, intellectual flexibility and a communicative understanding of the new – skills that are becoming increasingly important in the dynamic work environment of the knowledge society. They also acquire social competences, such as communicative abilities, mediation and presentation techniques, teamwork skills, verbal and written communication, a strengthened ability for independent performance, and the ability to reflect critically and apply tolerance toward others.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess sound knowledge of the fundamental theoretical paradigms and discourses of the social sciences and understand their relevance for empirical social research and social practice. This enables them to address problems independently, to assess scientific knowledge and its motivation, to apply it in new research contexts and further its development creatively. Graduates are prepared for activities in scientific facilities and institutions (especially for the continuation of their studies in a doctoral programme) and for positions requiring leadership, planning, analysis and consultation in the private sector, in public administration and in international non-governmental and governmental organizations.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Through its focus on the central key competences in theory and method, the programme prepares graduates with a high degree of adaptability for

  • sociological research activities in scientific facilities and institutions or the continuation of studies in a doctoral programme
  • positions requiring leadership, planning, analysis and consultation in the private sector, in public administration and in international non-governmental and governmental organizations
  • occupational activities in the broad field of social research, social counselling or the rapidly growing media sector

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

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

Dean of Studies
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz Eder

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