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Anonymous  πŸ“… 21.03.2006 22:42:20
Hello!

I want to start with sociology for the winter semester, probably in Freiburg.
What do you think of the University of Freiburg for sociology?
Can statistics also be achieved if you are really bad at math?
Is there a way to combine sociology with foreign languages?
What career opportunities are there after graduation?

I am grateful for all information about sociology!

Anica
Robin  πŸ“… 22.03.2006 15:57:51
Counter questions:

- What are you interested in in general about sociology?

- What are you specifically interested in sociology (especially in relation to related subjects, e.g. economics, political science or education)?

- Based on your interests, why do you want to study sociology * academically * (especially in contrast to applied sociological knowledge in various FH courses or practical knowledge in the context of training)?

- What do you want to do later on in principle and why?
Anonymous  πŸ“… 23.03.2006 14:02:41
I am interested in how people behave, especially when they are influenced by their togetherness. I think of sociology in the same way as psychology, except that you don't analyze a single person, but the entire society.
I had business studies at school and it wasn't really what I had in mind, and my grades were just about average. I imagine politics to be pretty dry. In addition, I don't know whether I trust myself to do these areas! Above all, I want to deal with the people themselves. Educational science would then in turn come down to teachers or educators, and that is not my professional goal either.
I don't know exactly what I want to do professionally. Maybe I was thinking of journalism, with a specialization in sociology. Maybe then I could work abroad and use my languages. I was told that it makes more sense to study business administration / law / sport ... first and then to go to journalism. Just an idea.
But, at the moment I'm looking, and I would like to find out more about sociology, just to find out whether this can actually be the right thing for me.

So, all questions well answered. Do I get answers to my questions now?
Anonymous  πŸ“… 23.03.2006 14:13:55
* I imagine politics to be pretty dry. *

where sociology is no less dry. mainly it's about theories etc.
I'm studying sociology as a minor. And I can say that I always have to "bite through" the sociological texts.
that means, for my other subjects, reading is almost relaxed, and when it comes to sociology, I struggle with every side ;-)

in general, you have to read a lot in sociology. as I said, the texts are not always easily accessible.

However, the sociology degree probably also differs from university to university.
at my university e.g. hardly any special sociologies (such as cultural or urban sociology) are taught, but mainly general sociology. and it is especially dry because it deals with the great classics of the subject (simmel, durkheim, weber & co).


* I am interested in how people behave, especially when they are influenced by their togetherness. I think of sociology in the same way as psychology, except that you don't analyze a single person, but the entire society. *

This is exactly what interested me and guided me in choosing sociology at the beginning of my studies.
As I said, this is not how the subject turned out to be in reality. ;-)
the discussions and cognitive processes in the course take place very strongly on an abstract level ...
Anonymous  πŸ“… 23.03.2006 14:17:02
if i had the choice again, i would definitely choose recent history instead of sociology. I am really interested in it (!) ;-)
Robin  πŸ“… 23.03.2006 18:54:26
> I'm interested in how people behave, especially when they get through the
> Are influenced by each other. I imagine sociology to be something like
> Psychology, only that you don't analyze a single person, you analyze
> the entire society.

No, that's two different things. Sociology is somehow structural and also cultural science, so it has strong references to philosophy, cultural anthropology, etc. Psychology is always more of a natural science. The only thing they have in common is social psychology. Here, for example, one deals with group processes, but in sociological social psychology also rather than structural analyzes, as well as in the form of understanding discussions, e.g. of cultural atavisms, etc. If you are more interested in the latter, e.g. Bielefeld would be popular.

> I already had business studies in school and it wasn't really what I wanted
> and my grades were just about average. politics
> I imagine pretty dry.

Politics is firstly an applied or area sociology, so not so far from it, and secondly it is definitely more tangible and not as "dry" (= theory and idea-heavy) as sociology! In addition, you have bad luck with Freiburg in the opposing area, because political sociology takes up a very important area.

> In addition, I don't know whether I trust myself to be involved in these areas! I
> Above all I want to deal with the people themselves.

In sociology this is not really the case. So you don't get any closer to people than panels.

> Educational science would then turn to teachers or educators or similar.
> run out, and that's not my professional goal either.

No, if you want to become a teacher, you study two subjects to become a teacher. Anyone who wants to become an educator does a corresponding vocational training.

Educators are primarily behavioral scientists. In contrast to economics, for example, they do not deal with economic behavior, but with that in relation to education and training, i.e. also in relation to development and promotion, socialization. So they examine people (individuals and groups) in teaching and learning situations, in educational contexts, etc. To this end, they develop theories. From this, however, you also develop practical educational concepts (e.g. how and with which methods a company-based advanced training should be organized and carried out, etc.) (at least as a qualified pedagogue, as opposed to a master's degree).

> I just don't know what exactly I want to do professionally. I thought
> maybe to journalism, with the subject sociology. Perhaps
> I could then work abroad and my languages ​​too
> apply. I was told that it makes more sense to study business administration / law /> sports ... first and then to go to journalism.

Well, journalists, everything is bustling there. But it is noticeable that most of the successful ones mostly studied economics or law and then completed an internship and / or a journalism school. Political scientists, German scholars / literary scholars and then all sorts of things, which certainly include many sociologists, are closely followed.
In the case of specialist journalists / science journalists, of course, people have mostly studied the subject they are writing about, e.g. physics, biology, psychology, etc.

> Just an idea.
> But, at the moment I'm looking, and I want to be a little bit
> More detailed information about sociology, just to find out if that
> can actually be right for me.

The question of why you want to study it * academically * was also not answered. Because exactly what is described above happens there: you read all the classics and grapple with an unbelievable wealth of theories. This also shows that sociology is ultimately also cultural studies, which is why you will have to read a lot (and remember, remember and network yourself). It differs considerably from politics, for example.

There are practically no professions originally for sociologists outside of research. Rather, you'd have to invent a profession. Since not everyone can find a place at the university and inventing is not so easy, the part that then finds real work will find a place in the consulting industry. For sociologists, advice basically means (applied) contract research, i.e. for sociologists mostly a job in opinion or occasionally market research, which brings us back to the panel. The prerequisite is primarily a very above-average qualification in empirical research methods, especially in statistics. If that interests you, Mannheim is certainly a very good address.

Freiburg is at least not bad in the various rankings and is also relatively strong in the statistics group. Otherwise, it is advisable to take a look at the main research areas there and assess whether such topics are of any interest at all. Because in one of these main topics you will then most likely (have to) write your examination term paper.

Statistics correlate quite clearly with math grades, by the way, but according to my observation there are only a few who do not make the compulsory part. But, as I said, you don't get very far in life with the compulsory portion. If you hire a sociologist, it is mostly for statistics, and only because an econometrician is too expensive and a psychologist is not available at the moment .
Paco  πŸ“… 30.03.2006 23:27:42
Hello,


I can only advise you to deal a little with sociology beforehand to see whether you already have an analytical understanding, odda not.

I can only tell you that people who cannot grasp society and its structural-logical errors (structural violence) and the like from the beginning have a very good understanding problem and also do not understand the texts.

if you deal with psychology, sociology, behavioral research, etc., i.e. as a hobby and understand the texts right away, then the topic is not dry at all and is fun ...

If you take the subject abba for other start-ups and are already pre-formed (fixed views), then you get problems in the subject because you lack foresight and you have to work on yourself personally to get further in this subject! !!



on the subject of a job after graduation ...: so it doesn't exactly look great because there are only a few, and sociology (although it is the most important science we currently have) is being dismantled more and more.

in sociology you do: behavioral research, psychology, structural analysis, freud, marx, ecology and much more.

I recommend you to take a look at the book "Faktor Vier" to get a picture of the most important area of ​​sociology and what our society is facing anyway !!!


That I
Fumble  πŸ“… 31.03.2006 12:44:39
@pace

One can argue about that. I would consider economics to be the most important science at the moment (you also do political science, sociology, psychology, structural analysis and in many places also Marx - just not Freud, which is certainly not a loss )
Gonzone  πŸ“… 09.04.2007 18:10:17
What,

Sociology is very interesting and only dry in basic studies or if you choose it as a minor. In the main course, you then choose one or more (depending on the university) specialization areas, such as cultural soc., Media soc., Educational sociology. or another of the thousand areas. You have to see which university offers what. And then, in the main course, it is no longer dry at all. Nevertheless, I have to say that although you do a lot of research about people, you only come into contact with them indirectly. And at work it's often a job in front of the PC. But if you want to do journalism, you know how to get started with sociology and, for example, choose communication science as a minor, as in Munich. Or just study communication science. I wish you success!