Institute of Sociology
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Focus of Our Teaching

The bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology and Technology Studies are the signature programs of the Institute of Sociology. Unlike other programs, they view the social not only in terms of interpersonal relationships and their structuring, but also properly reflect the sociomaterial dimension.
As such, they expand students’ understanding beyond the social processes and structures that are usually dealt with in sociology studies to include the material bases of the social. We look primarily at objectifications of social relations and conditions in built space and in technical artifacts. The focus is on how social relations, power relations, knowledge, normative attitudes, etc. are reflected or inscribed in made objects and structures and how social actors relate to them in their perceptions and actions. Within this framework, students also learn about sociological theory and methods in detail.