The Sociology/Social Anthropology Department at the University of Trier

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Sociology at the University of Trier

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of society, including social relationships, daily actions and various forms of social structure (inequality, distribution, trust, organizations, labor relations etc.). As a sociologist you learn to look at social phenomena from a different point of view and to use scientific tools such as understanding, abstraction, explaining etc. Hence, to provide an understanding explanation of social phenomena it is necessary to describe and analyse social patterns. Therefore, the use of different sociological tools is a necessity for describing and explaining social reality. Thinking like a sociologist will broaden your view and let hidden conditions of existence become visible. Moreover, sometimes sociologists solve social puzzles and are able to explain the highly unexpactable. To get an idea of how a sociologist perceives the world, see here:

Sociology at the University of Trier

At University of Trier you can find the entire broad range of sociology as theoretical and empirical social science. There are seven professorships with different priority topics, e.g. work and organizations, media, culture, social policy, economic sociology, general sociology, and methodology. An additional special subject is the chair of social anthropology, bringing in a comparative perspective.

About Our Course of Studies

Sociology graduates can work in different professional areas, including positions in business and industry as well as in administrations or journalism. It will be your special interests, experiences and course choices that will help you to decide what to do with your degree in Sociology. For some first ideas you can look here. The department of sociology offers the following degree programmes:

And our Master study courses are:

About Our Research

The members of the Department of Sociology/Social Anthropology are engaged in a wide spectrum of research areas. The topics range from Comparative Welfare State Research to Diversity Studies, Quantified Self, Sociology of the Family and Health, Local Area Studies, Trust Research and analysis of economic institutions as well as organizations and labour relations.

As our website is currently being renewed you will find that some sites have not yet been translated into English. Please use the German-language information or feel free to contact us. You will receive further information by phone or email. 

Soziologie an der Universität Trier

Die Soziologie als eine theoriegeleitete empirische Wissenschaft ist an der Universität Trier in ihrer ganzen Breite vertreten. Sie umfasst sieben Professuren, deren Schwerpunkte von den Themen Arbeit und Organisation  über Medien und Kultur bis hin zu Sozialpolitik und Wirtschaft reichen. Darüber hinaus die Allgemeine Soziologie und die Methodenlehre. Eine Besonderheit der Trierer Soziologie ist die Einbindung einer Professur für Ethnologie in die Abteilung, durch die eine kulturell vergleichende Perspektive implementiert wird.


    Die Mitglieder der Abteilung Soziologie/Ethnologie sind in vielfältigen Forschungsvorhaben und Forschungsfeldern tätig.

    Zu diesen gehören unter anderem:

    • Akzeptanz und Perzeption von Ungleichheit
    • Alternative Organisationsformen
    • Arbeits-, Industrie- und Organisationssoziologie
    • Solidarität und moderne Gesellschaft 
    • Digitale Selbstvermessung
    • Digitalisierung von Arbeit und Arbeit 4.0
    • Diversitätsforschung
    • Forschungsethik
    • Gesundheits- und Familiensoziologie
    • Hexerei/Witchcraft (kulturvergleichend)
    • Interkulturalitäts-/Diversityforschung
    • International vergleichende Wohlfahrtsstaatsanalyse
    • Kultur und Entwicklung /Internationale Zusammenarbeit (EZ/IZ)
    • Migrationsforschung (Diaspora/Remigration/Geflüchtete)
    • Neue Arbeitsbeziehungen (New Employment Relationships)
    • Organisationsethnologie
    • Politische Soziologie
    • Regionalstudien
    • Resilienzforschung
    • Selbstvermessung
    • Solidarität und moderne Gesellschaft
    • Soziale Mechanismen in der Wirtschaft
    • Soziale Netzwerkforschung /Visuelle Netzwerkforschung
    • Soziologie des (Be-)Wertens
    • Soziologische Analyse von Wirtschaft
    • Soziologische Theorie
    • Vertrauensforschung
    • Wandel von Arbeit und Organisation
    • Wirtschaft und soziologische Analyse von Märkten
    • Wissenssoziologie

    Genauere Informationen zur Forschung der Abteilung finden Sie hier.