What do you mean by sociology

Difference to sociology?

Hello Jasmin,

Social sciences is the umbrella term for all sciences that examine the social coexistence of people, this generally includes sociology, political science, but also communication science, ethnology, with economics there is sometimes a debate about whether or not they belong to the social sciences.

If you study a degree in "social sciences", it usually includes sociology and political science. The difference between sociology and social science as a course of study is that the latter is somewhat broader. That was crucial for me at the time, because I didn't want to / couldn't decide whether I was more interested in sociology or political science. At the same time, however, with a B.A. Sociology can often choose a minor, and so the "breadth" of the topics is given again, and a B.A. in a social science (i.e. e.g. sociology) qualifies for an MA in any case. also in another social science (i.e. political science, among others).

The career prospects for social scientists and sociologists are also very similar. The course trains the students to become scientists, but only a small part of them actually become scientists, for everyone else there is an unclear or, more positively, diverse job description: social scientists can work as assistants to politicians in the Bundestag, as specialists for "Public Affairs" in large corporations, but also in a wide variety of positions in associations, unions and foundations, as an employee in administration in general or in urban planning in particular or as an employee in PR and communication, to name just a fraction of the possibilities.

I can't tell you whether the social sciences can serve as a "substitute" for business psychology. As far as I know, these are very different subjects, the proportion of statistics and mathematics in the broadest sense will certainly be much larger in the field of business psychology than in the social sciences and in terms of content, one should have very little to do with the other (social sciences = social coexistence / psychology, = behavior of the individual) but it may be that you are interested in both areas.

In general - if I can take the liberty of saying this - I can only advise against decisions that aim to study a subject 'for lack of alternatives', or because the desired subject is unattainable (is that really it?) Relevant internships or aptitude tests cannot not making up for a sufficient Abinote?) seemed. Studying can be very enriching, but for students who are not really interested in the subject, it can also be real torment.

The individual modules in the social sciences subject can be very different, and if you are really interested in this subject I would rather look at the specific modules than whether the course is called social science or sociology. Different universities have different priorities, at the Universities of Mannheim and Konstanz the social sciences courses are, for example, very methodical and statistical, at the University of Frankfurt theory plays a major role. There are also differences in content: While the University of Stuttgart, for example, has focused on the sociology of technology and risk, gender studies play a prominent role at the University of Munich. It is important - even if it is difficult - to obtain detailed information and to choose the university that you think is most likely to suit your own inclinations, even if you do not know exactly beforehand, of course!

Have fun searching for a further course of study!

Best wishes

Nina