[ 505SOZ2SA1K15 ] VU Social Structure Analysis: Social Structure Austria

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Social Science Johann Bacher 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)keine
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Sociology 2020W
Objectives The course introduces students chronologically to the base-knowledge analysis of social structures and problems in contemporary society as well as within Austria and Europe. Empirical facts, data, corresponding concepts, and stastics will be analyzed. A special focus is placed on conveying and understanding causes, correlations and effects on socially structured conditions and understanding developments in central areas of contemporary society. Students will acquire skills to independently provide information on socially structured characteristics of society and their reciprocity as well as critically reflect on their significance.
  • Conceptual and methodical base-knowledge of research in social structure
  • Human population
  • Lifestyles – Households - Families
  • Education
  • Labor - Gainful Employment
  • Income – Wealth - Poverty
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Security – Welfare State Structures
  • Political Participation
  • Quality of Life: Health
  • Mobility – Migration – Integration
Criteria for evaluation Grades will be based on

  • A final examination (total of 40 points possible; 26 points required to pass)
  • Results of voluntary participation in discussions, homework assignments, Wiki contributions (max. 20 point) in MOODLE.
  • Lecture by the instructor
  • Discussions on specific aspects of each introduced topic
  • voluntary preparation of separate tasks (suchas participating in discussions, completing homework assignments, completing Wiki contributions)
Language German
Study material Transparencies on each topic will be available in MOODLE. Supplementary material for independent study will be provided in class.

Recommended reading:

  • Haller, M. (2008): Die österreichische Gesellschaft. Sozialstruktur und sozialer Wandel. Campus: Frankfurt
  • Hradil, S. (2006): Die Sozialstruktur Deutschlands im internationalen Vergleich. 2. Aufl., Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften: Wiesbaden
  • Huinink, J./Schröder, T. (2008): Sozialstruktur Deutschlands, UTB: Konstanz
  • Klein, T. (2005): Sozialstrukturanalyse. Eine Einführung. Rowohlt: Reinbek bei Hamburg
  • Mau, S./Verwiebe, R. (2009): Die Sozialstruktur Europas, UVK Verlagsgesellschaft: Konstanz
  • Rössel, J. (2009): Sozialstrukturanalyse. Eine kompakte Einführung. Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften: Wiesbaden
  • Schulz, W./Haller, M./Grausgruber, A. (Hrsg.) (2005): Österreich zur Jahrhundertwende. Gesellschaftliche Werthaltungen und Lebensqualität 1986-2004, Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften: Wiesbaden
  • Solga, H./Powell, J./Berger, P.A. (2009): Soziale Ungleichheit. Klassische Texter zur Sozialstrukturanalyse. Campus: Frankfurt/New York
Changing subject? No
Further information This course is only offered during the winter semester.
Earlier variants They also cover the requirements of the curriculum (from - to)
1SBSA1VU: VU Social Structure Analysis: Social Structure Austria (2009W-2014W)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 200
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority