News of the Year 2020

Below you will find all news from the Institute of Sociology from the year 2020. For past years please use our archive.

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Change of doctoral regulations | cumulative doctorate

With the change in the doctoral regulations on December 15, 2020, it is now also possible to do a cumulative doctorate at the IfS. This form of doctorate can be individual or structured. Questions about this and the alternative forms of doctorate at the IfS will also be answered by the IfS doctoral advice service.

Information event on Qispos

The information event on QISPOS exam administration will take place on December 3, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. (via Zoom). Students of all sociology and social sciences courses (including higher semesters) are cordially invited to take part. In addition to the advisory services (content-related information, questions will be answered), registrations can also be made there.

Grass Colloquium

The Grass Colloquium will take place on two other dates this semester.


On January 20, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. c.t. (via zoom) Tobias Thiel presents his dissertation project with the title "Socio-structural transformation processes in an immigration society. The role of migration in the process of social differentiation".

On February 10, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. c.t. Laura Rademacher presents (via zoom) her dissertation project entitled "Ambivalences of successful equality".

All interested parties are cordially invited!

Student council offers contact and help in times of social isolation

The Sociology Student Council is now offering an expanded range of contact and assistance options in order to be able to keep talking in times of thinning out everyday contacts.
Anyone interested is cordially invited to take part in these offers:

  • Facebook and Whatsapp groups of the courses. (List)
  • Mentors as student contacts for any questions within or outside of (sociology) studies.
  • (Online) events such as quizzes, “glowing talks”.
  • digital presence times (“coffee times”).
  • Information on (online) events of student initiatives on the Facebook page.
  • 11/23 Beginners' meeting - if you want to get a taste of the work of the student council, you are welcome to join in!

Information for first-semester students

Welcome to the Institute of Sociology! We would like to have welcomed you personally at the start of your studies in one of our bachelor's and master's degrees. Unfortunately, due to the corona pandemic, this is currently not possible or only to a very limited extent. We very much hope to be able to do this in the summer semester at the latest.

You can find information about studying on these pages, which are updated regularly. However, we would like to explicitly point out two aspects of the organization of studies:

  1. The service office will be happy to answer questions about student advisory services, i.e. exams, lectures and seminars (not the office). The Sociology Student Council also offers a wide range of information on studies and events.
  2. Please note that the courses at the Institute of Sociology will take place in digital form in the winter semester 2020/21. This means:
  • All events are accompanied by a Learnweb course, which you can use (depending on the didactic concept) to obtain materials such as texts or lecture slides, but also access data for remote conferences. As a rule, you will be given the access code by the lecturer by email - sometimes only on the day of the first session. If you should by 2.11. have not received an access code, write an e-mail to the service office regarding lectures; The lecturers can be reached by email for seminars.
  • The remote conferences run via "Zoom". For this you should ideally use a PC or laptop or a smartphone with a camera and microphone; you do not need to install software for use (please also note the information from the data center). PC workstations in the institute (Sopo pool) cannot currently be used. If you have any questions about e-learning, please do not hesitate to contact the Sopo pool team.

Results of the seminar place allocation for the winter semester 2020/21

Due to the high number of registrations, a seminar place allocation procedure had to be used in some specialist and educational seminars. Please refer to the list to see whether your registration could be considered. You will have a place in all non-listed specialist and educational seminars of the Institute for Sociology and in all lectures if you have registered for them on the LSF portal. There are also other seminar spaces available, which can be occupied until all spaces have been used up (free spaces can be recognized by the fact that the "Reservation / Logout function" is still activated in the LSF).
The allocation of places in the didactics seminars takes place separately, further information will follow.

Seminar registration phase for the winter semester 2020/21

Since June 16, 2020, all students can register for the courses of the coming winter semester 2020/21 via the HIS / LSF system.

Certain conditions apply:

  • Registrations in the HIS / LSF system are still possible for students until October 26th, 2020.
  • Registration is binding for all seminars. Since October 8th, 2020, seminars can only be registered if there are still free places. The result of the allocation of places for the seminars that have already been closed will be published on the notice board and on the homepage by October 18, 2020 at the latest.
  • The lectures must also be registered in the HISLSF by October 26, 2020 (extended deadline).
  • "Extra-curricular studies" at the Institute for Sociology: Please inquire about the possibilities and procedures before registering!
Further conditions can be found in the introductory commentary in the course catalog.

Professorship of subject didactics

As of the winter semester, the professorship for Social Science Didactics is no longer assigned to the Institute of Sociology, but to the Institute of Political Science. For the courses offered by Prof. Dr. Szukala and her staff will not change anything because the professorship is, as before, part of the social sciences teaching unit.

News about teaching in the winter semester

Teaching in the 2020/21 winter semester will mainly be based on the tried and tested digital formats of the summer semester. Since there is a certain range here, we have created an overview of the current planning status for the various events.

In concrete terms, nobody can say how the situation will change in the course of the winter semester, so all information is without guarantee. We have no influence on decisions that would further restrict on-site teaching. However, it is not to be expected that events that have been announced as "purely digital" will take place on site during the semester. Exceptions are explicitly recorded in footnotes.

Exams will take place on site in accordance with the current planning status. You will find details in due course on the IfS homepage.

Seminar Registration Phase for the Winter Semester 2020/21

Since June 16, 2020, all students can register via the HIS/LSF system [de] for the courses of the upcoming winter semester 2020/21.

Certain conditions apply:

  • Registrations are possible from the opening of the HIS/LSF system for students from 16 June to 7 October 2020.
  • The registration is binding for all seminars.
  • The date of registration has no effect on the later allocation of seats.
  • Due to current events: Lectures in this semester must also be registered in the HIS/LSF by 18.10.2020.
  • "Extra-curricular studies" at the Institute of Sociology: Please enquire about the possibilities and procedures [de] before you register!
Further conditions can be found in the introductory commentary of the course catalogue [de].

The results of the official seminar allocation procedure will be published by 18.10.2020 at the latest (see notice board in the IfS and homepage).

Münster-Barometer surveyed trends and opinions

The BEMA research group of the Institute of Sociology has once again surveyed the opinion trends of the Münster population on current and local issues as part of the Münster Barometer. Between 17th August and 2nd September 2020, the BEMA team conducted a total of 1278 telephone interviews with voters from Münster.

The Westfälische Nachrichten, as the client of the Münster Barometer, published the results in its issues of 4 and 5 September 2020 and on its website (see Links, subject to charge).

The following topics, among others, were surveyed in the Münster-Barometer:

Sociologist of religion Detlef Pollack in talk with the taz

"Das unzufriedene Volk" (The dissatisfied people) is the title of Prof. Detlef Pollack's new book, which he presented on Thursday, September 3 in a conversation with taz editor Julia Boek. The discussion was broadcasted live on YouTube from 19:00.

Interviewers wanted

The BEMA research group of the Institute for Sociology is looking for interviewers for three telephone surveys planned for 17 August to 4 December 2020.

One telephone survey will be carried out for the PluS-i study [de], which deals with security perceptions on behalf of the Federal Government (BMBF) and the Institute for Political Science of the WWU. A further telephone survey will record Münster trends, opinions and developments within the framework of the well-known Münster Barometer [de] for the Münsterland newspaper group. In addition, the study "Environmental Policy in the Local Area" is being conducted on behalf of the City of Münster, which is concerned with satisfaction with city cleaning, waste disposal and sustainable environmental policy in Münster.

Details of the job advertisement:

  • Hourly wage: 10 Euro (fee or work contract)
  • Interview time: Monday to Friday from 16 to 21 hrs (free time in this time frame)
  • An individual office is available for all interviewers
  • Applications can be submitted with immediate effect (application form [de] | heyse@uni-muenster.de), and are welcome beyond 17 August 2020.
All further information on the job advertisement and the surveys can be found on the website of the BEMA research group [de].

Lecture Period is Finished

The lecture period of this special summer semester is now officially over. There have been numerous corona-related challenges and changes in teaching, examination and research in the last weeks and months. Many things went well, some things were perhaps a little bumpy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and cooperation.

We wish you every success in writing your written papers and in taking other types of examinations.

Stay healthy!

Study Abroad With Erasmus - Apply Now!

The ERASMUS application process for the summer semester 2021 has now been completed. Students wishing to study sociology or social sciences in France, Spain or 10 other European countries in the winter semester 2020/21 can apply for the ERASMUS programme of the Institute of Sociology. The application deadline is 15 February 2021.

We provide all information about requirements and our partner universities in Europe on an info page.

"Exam Week" Starts Today

At the end of the current lecture period the "exam week" in sociology starts today. Due to corona conditions, the exams of the lectures will be written almost exclusively in the Halle Münsterland or in lecture halls on Schlossplatz. You can find all the locations, times and information about the exams on our Corona info page or in the Learnweb course of the respective event.

We wish good luck to all those who will be writing exams under these special conditions or taking exams elsewhere.

Münster-Barometer as Seminar or Internship

The Münster Barometer will take place again this summer and can be attended as a seminar or internship. Depending on the development of the corona situation, the seminar part will take place either in the institute or as an e-learning format. The interviews will be conducted mainly in individual offices in the institute. The extent to which a "home office" is technically possible for the interview phase is currently still being clarified.

In principle, we will stick to the planned schedule, whereby with an e-learning format much will take place in working groups and by working on joint documents.
There will be two main topics in terms of content: Corona crisis and the upcoming local elections on 13 September 2020.

There are still places available - both for participation as a seminar and as a 4 or 6 week internship. If you are interested, please write an e-mail to Marko Heyse (heyse@wwu.de).

Seminar Registration Phase for the Winter Semester 2020/21 Started

Since June 16, 2020, all students can register via the HIS/LSF system [de] for the courses of the upcoming winter semester 2020/21.

Certain conditions apply:

  • Registrations are possible from the opening of the HIS/LSF system for students from 16 June to 7 September 2020.
  • The registration is binding for all seminars.
  • The date of registration has no effect on the later allocation of seats.
  • Due to current events: Lectures in this semester must also be registered in the HIS/LSF by 18.10.2020.
  • "Extra-curricular studies" at the Institute of Sociology: Please enquire about the possibilities and procedures [de] before you register!
Further conditions can be found in the introductory commentary of the course catalogue [de].

The results of the official seminar allocation procedure will be published by 18.09.2020 at the latest (see notice board in the IfS and homepage).

Mourning for Prof. Dr. Karin Priester (1941-2020)

On April 25, 2020 Prof. Dr. Karin Priester died unexpectedly.

She was appointed full professor of political sociology at the Institute in 1980 and retired in 2007. Since then she was still very active at the Institute of Sociology, even as emeritus, published regularly and represented the Institute at numerous conferences as an expert on extremism.

We will miss Karin Priester.

Link to the institutes obituary

Student Seminars - Apply as a Lecturer Now!

For some semesters now, the Political Science and Sociology student councils of the WWU have been organising student seminars in the Allegemeine Studien. They offer the opportunity to implement your own focal points at the university in the form of a seminar. The aim is to enable and establish learning at the same level, in dialogue between lecturer and other students. In addition, there is the possibility to gain first experiences in university teaching.

Applications for your own student seminar in the coming winter semester can be sent until 15.05.2020 to the following e-mail address of the student councils: stusembewerbung@gmail.com

A PDF document of the student councils provides further details of the call for proposals.

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SoPoPool Continues to Offer Consulting and Support

Due to the current situation, the SoPoPool will remain closed at least until the end of the summer semester. However, the basic consulting services of the SoPoPool team will remain available to all students of sociology and political science.
The SoPoPool staff is available for all inquiries on weekdays from 10:00 to 13:00 by phone (0251 83-29060). In addition, we offer Zoom meetings (direct link to a zoom meeting) from Tuesdays to Thursdays to clarify any issues directly and personally. Inquiries by e-mail will always be handled promptly, even beyond this period.
Of course, the current focus is on topics such as e-learning, support for problems with video conferences (WWUzoom) or certain formats of online teaching. But the SoPoPool team is also happy to provide advice and support for classic issues, such as problems with Office applications or SPSS.

Passwords for Learnweb Courses

For all courses of the Institute of Sociology, learnweb courses have been set up. The passwords for the different courses were sent to all students registered and enrolled in the HISlSF by e-mail in advance.
However, if you have not received a password to access your Learnweb course, please follow these instructions:

Password for Learnweb course of a lecture

  • If you have not received a password, please contact exclusively the service office of the Institute of Sociology (ifs.beratung@uni-muenster.de).
  • The e-mail must contain the following information: name, matriculation number, course of study and lecture title.
  • Do not send any e-mails to the lecturers of the lectures to request the password.
Password for Learnweb course of a seminar

Lecture Start of a Special Semester

Today the lecture period of the current summer semester starts. Two weeks late and so completely different than originally planned. In times of the Corona crisis, teachers and students of the Institute of Sociology will have many new experiences together in the coming weeks as to how university teaching and learning can be arranged in a completely different way.

At least until the Pentecost holidays, the courses will take place exclusively as online teaching. The lynchpin is the e-learning platform "Learnweb". Courses have been set up there for all courses of the IfS.
How the actual design of the various courses takes place, varies greatly from course to course and from teacher to teacher. From the use of large video meetings using WWUzoom, to videos, podcasts or powerpoint presentations with sound, the range of variants is relatively wide. In general, all courses, especially in this semester, require in-depth and conscientious self-study.

Details on the actual course schedule can be found on the Learnweb page of the respective courses. You have already received passwords for enrolling in the courses. Otherwise, please contact the IfS service office exclusively (stating your name, matriculation number, course of study and course name).

We wish all students and lecturers a good start to this special summer semester!

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IfS Executive Commitee Elects New Executive Directors

At today's board meeting of the Institute of Sociology (April 8), Prof. Dr. Joachim Renn was elected as Executive Director and Prof. Dr. Levent Tezcan as Deputy Executive Director for the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21. They take over these offices from Prof. Dr. Andrea Szukala and Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack, who were elected by the Institute's Executive Committee at the beginning of the summer semester 2019.

The tasks of the Executive Directors include, for example, representing the IfS towards other institutions, bodies and organs of the WWU. In addition, the Executive Director chairs the Institute's Board meetings and implements the resolutions passed there.

Lecture Series Is Postponed

The interdisciplinary lecture series of the IfE, IfS and F Münster with the KI of the City of Münster on the topic "Migration, Education and Organisation" is completely cancelled this summer semester. Due to the presumably pandemic-related changes in the teaching, a series that lives exclusively from guest lectures cannot be managed as an e-learning format. The lecture will be made up for in the summer semester 2021.

Study Abroad With Erasmus - Apply Now!

Students wishing to study sociology or social sciences in France, Spain or 10 other European countries in the summer semester 2021 can apply for the ERASMUS programme of the Institute of Sociology. The application deadline is 15 June 2020.

Applicants should inform themselves about the partner universities and send a letter of motivation to Hedi Hoff-Weikart.

WWU Buildings to be Closed

In order to contain the spread of the Covid 19 virus, the WWU crisis unit has decided that from Thursday 19 March 2020, all buildings of the university will be closed to the public without exception. Only employees of the WWU will continue to have access. This regulation therefore also applies to the Institute of Sociology.

For contact with the lecturers, the service office [de], the institute's office or other persons, please use the phone or e-mail. It is essential that you use these communication channels in advance for matters that require a personal meeting or concern the certification of services.

Retest Exams in Winter Semester are Cancelled

Due to the effects of the corona virus, which will not stop at the examination office of WWU Münster, the central date for the follow-up exams of the winter semester 2019/20 will be postponed until further notice. A new date will be announced as soon as possible on the Institute's website.

Results of the Allocation of Seminar Places

Students of the Institute of Sociology could register online from December 16, 2019 to February 26, 2020 for courses in the summer semester 2020. As of today, the results of this procedure are on display in the institute's showcases and can also be downloaded as a PDF document [de].

Please note the additional information in the PDF document or on the printouts in the showcase. Questions about the respective courses will be answered by the respective lecturers [de].

Münster-Barometer Surveyed Trends and Opinions

The BEMA research group [de] of the Institute of Sociology has once again surveyed the opinion trends of the Münster population on current and local topics within the framework of the Münster Barometer [de]. Between 17th and 28th February 2020, the BEMA team conducted a total of 877 telephone interviews with people from Münster who were entitled to vote. The selection of the participants resulted from a random selection of Münster's landline telephone numbers.

The Westfälische Nachrichten, as the contractor for the Münster Barometer, published the results in its issue of 7th March 2020 and on its website (see Links, subject to charge).

The following topics, among others, were surveyed within the scope of the Münster-Barometer:

Handing in Homework During the Semester Break

By the beginning of the third week of the lecture-free period, most of the exams for this winter semester have probably already been written. But this is also the beginning of the period for writing and completing assignments, essays and other written work.

There is only one options for handing in the papers:

  • in the mail drop of the Institute for Political Science (Scharnhorststr. 100)

If necessary, use an envelope and clearly write the name of the teacher and "Institute of Sociology" on it.

Study Abroad With Erasmus - Apply Now!

Students wishing to study sociology or social sciences in France, Spain or 10 other European countries in the winter semester 2020/21 can apply for the ERASMUS programme of the Institute of Sociology. The application deadline is 15 February 2020.

Applicants* should inform themselves about the partner universities and send a letter of motivation to Hedi Hoff-Weikart.

Institute Colloquium with Jasper Korte

The second institute colloquium of this winter semester will take place at the IfS on 22 January 2020. Jasper Korte, former research assistant at our institute, will give a lecture on the topic "Sociology in the Press". The social and media impact of sociology is constantly driving the discipline both theoretically and politically. In his lecture, Jasper Korte will present theoretical and empirical results on the translation of sociological knowledge into media discourses and on the development and structure of reporting on sociology.

The Institute of Sociology invites all interested parties to this lecture on next Wednesday, 22 January 2020 from 18:15. The event will take place in room 553a (conference room on the 1st floor).

IfS Does Not Participate in U-Multirank

U-Multirank is an international, independent and web-based initiative initiated by the European Commission for the evaluation of colleges and universities. The aim of the project is to create transparency about the high diversity of universities in the tertiary education sector. This should enable students, parents and universities themselves to make a differentiated comparison between educational institutions and their profiles. With the evaluation of more than 1700 universities from over 90 countries U-Multirank is one of the most comprehensive and detailed evaluation programs for universities worldwide.

Based on a statement of the German Society for Sociology (DGS) and the extremely low response rate in the student survey, the Sociology Department in Münster has decided to no longer participate in U-Multirank.