The aim of teaching is to sharpen students' sociological view of social contexts and dynamics. The aim is to offer understanding and reflection that can provide a compass in the current confusing times.

In terms of university didactics, the courses offered by the department of "Sociology for Social Work" are based on the academic conversation, which will be given a stronger focus after the return of face-to-face teaching. The range of courses includes lectures, seminars, research projects and excursions. In the courses, theory and empiricism are closely interlinked with a view to current developments and challenges. The course teaches the basics of epistemology and scientific theory as well as social science methods. A scientific analysis of dimensions of social inequality plays a central role. In addition, a scientifically based diagnosis of social habits and constraints in professional everyday actions and everyday thinking is practiced. Students are encouraged to bring in their own topics and to work on them sociologically.

Using sociology as an academic tool, students can hone and deepen their analytical and reasoning skills. This requires that students participate actively and responsibly in academic discussions. Instructors take on the role of academic mentors - wherever possible - and accompany students' independent learning.

The department's courses are primarily aimed at BA and MA Social Work students. Unfortunately, the Infoportal Lehre and the curricula for the Social Work programs are still insufficiently linked.  Therefore, students have to look into the curricula of the Institute of Social Work as well as into the Infoportal Lehre to get a complete overview.

If you have any questions, please first contact the Administrative Assistant for Teaching in the Department of Social Work:

Corinna Schumann

Institut Soziale Arbeit

Tel: +49 (0) 355 5818-405

E-Mail: Corinna.Schumann(at)b-tu.de

Beyond the courses, the department offers opportunities to participate in current research projects. Students interested in this are encouraged to contact Prof. Dr. Behrensen directly.