Technische Universität Berlin
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Soziologie technikwissenschaftlicher Richtung, B. A.

Program overview

The technicization of work, everyday life, and communication is changing organizations and markets, identities and lifestyles. This means that there is a growing need for experts who can critically analyze technology and its consequences for society and assess these technologies with foresight. The bachelor’s program in Sociology and Technology Studies links socio-scientific knowledge with insights from technology studies in a way that is absolutely unique in Germany. The sociological perspective of spatial, organizational, and technical social processes is complemented by a technical subject during the program. You learn to perceive the technological problems from the perspective of the natural scientist, engineer, or planning scientist.

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credit points180
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to apply to the Sociology and Technology Studies program. Generally, the Abitur serves as the university entrance qualification certificate. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to study at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications.

The Sociology and Technology Studies bachelor’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission.

Program structure

The Sociology and Technology Studies bachelor’s program is divided into compulsory, compulsory elective, and elective components. The compulsory component encompasses a total of 104 credit points including the internship and bachelor's thesis. The compulsory elective area has a total of 58 credit points and is divided into the areas of the sociological compulsory elective area 1, the sociological compulsory elective area 2, and the technical subject. In the technical subject, modules are offered that expand your studies to include a selected spectrum of subjects from the natural and planning sciences and engineering.

You must complete a total of 18 credit points in the elective component.

The objectives and structure of the program as well as the examination requirements and details on how the examinations are carried out are set down in the study and examination regulations. 

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of six semesters. You can find it as an annex to the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

Examination regulations

Content and modules

The bachelor’s degree program in Sociology and Technology studies is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the contents of modules, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, etc. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

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Internships

As part of the program, you must complete a professional internship. The internship must include at least 120 hours and should be completed during the lecture-free period. Five credit points are awarded for the professional internship.

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information concerning stays abroad is available from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) or the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

In the bachelor’s program in Sociology and Technology Studies, you will not only get to know various sociological approaches, you will be able to link this knowledge with selected insights from natural and planning sciences and engineering. As a graduate, you will be able to analyze and discuss events, activities, developments, and links among various areas of society and professional fields from the perspective of relevant sociological categories. In all modules offered by the Institute of Sociology, you also learn to identify, analyze, classify, and assess the various aspects and dimensions of social inequality, particularly as they relate to ethnicity, generations, gender, social classes, and cultural milieu.

After your studies

The bachelor's thesis prepares you to continue with the master’s program in Sociology and Technology Studies. It therefore provides the foundation for an academic career, while broad and extensive training in theory and methodology also qualify you for careers outside of academia. The compulsory internship provides you with an opportunity for career orientation.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Undergraduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

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