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Teaching Profile

The courses in the field of Sociology of Labor and Organization are subdivided into two modules:


In module AOS 1, students acquire fundamental competences in order to carry out theoretically-informed and methodically-controlled analyses of issues in sociology of labor and organization. In this module, central concepts, empirical methodology and other methodical approaches are introduced.

The organizational sociology lecture and the labor sociology attendant seminar give an overview of the significant debates and fundamental concepts. The seminar “Introduction to qualitative methods of organizational research” offers an overview of the diverse qualitative methods within research into labor and organizations.

In the courses titled “Theory Workshops”, students become familiar with the important work and approaches within Sociology of Labor and Organizations, whose specific recognized interests, observational approaches as well as efficacy/capacity/potential are discussed. Theory workshop courses/seminars seek to clarify how the choice of each specific conceptual approach promises different scientific insights in relation to the particular presentation of the problem.


The purpose of this module AOS 2 is to further the skills acquired in module AOS 1 and further develop the analytical and methodological competences of the student. Additionally, students develop their ability to scientifically argue against the backdrop of concrete problems and their presentation. In this module, students also attain the ability to recognize sociological questions related to labor and organization, independently formulate them, and work through them with the help of relevant theoretical and methodological resources.

In the context of the seminars students learn their own unique approach to questions and problems, work with the relevant literature, and choose the applicable (methodological) strategies. In this way, they are systematically prepared for the execution and completion of their thesis.

In the “Theory Workshop” seminars, the understanding of diverse approaches and debates within Sociology of Labor and Organization is enlarged upon and discussed before the backdrop of social/societal-theoretical bases.

In the “Research Workshop” seminars, theoretical concepts are used heuristically in analyses of empirical phenomena. In small study projects developed by the student, prior theoretical knowledge is applied in analyzing sociologically relevant empirical phenomena. Practical research experience is therefore acquired. With the combination of theory and empiricism, the workshop’s outcome is an important contribution to bachelor thesis preparation.

In the “Problem Field Analysis” seminar, students examine examples of current issues within the transition of organizations and labor. This area thematizes particular material/objective issues, fields of activity, and interest constellations that have everyday public ramifications. These topics are discussed and orientated towards either application or research. Alternative options for application and the possible collapse of established solution processes are identified.

The “Thesis Colloquium” offers students a platform to present their work and critically discuss their planned research and the results achieved.


In module AOS 1 and AOS 2, accomplished practitioners of sociology offer the seminar series “Theory-Practice-Reflection”. Students learn in these sessions that theory and practice are not isolated from each other. Possible solutions to current practical problems are discussed in the context of labor and organization.

Current course offerings of the research staff in the area of Sociology of Labor and Organization can be found in the course catalogue.