There are to pass two compulsory modules with a total of 20 ECTS-Credits and an elective module with a total of 10 ECTS-Credits.
Minor: Society and Politics (30 ECTS-Credits)
Learning Outcome: Graduates of the minor "Society and Politics" know the basic theories of political science and sociological theories, know about the influence of social and political structures and systems on human behaviour and social processes and are able to apply this knowledge to the solution of relevant problems from their field in science.
The minor 'Society and Politics' covering 30 ECTS-Credits can be selected by degree students of Bachelor's programmes at the University of Innsbruck, providing the relevant curriculum allows for the option to pass a minor. The minor can be passed, providing the availability of places. Students of the Bachelor's Programme in Political Science and the Bachelor's Programme in Sociology may not pass the minor 'Society and Politics'.
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Elective Module 6: Sociological Theory (10 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: The students are able to differentiate between the most important paradigms of basic sociological theories in their historical development and to apply them to current sociological questions. They will acquire in-depth knowledge of one of these theories and will be able to present it convincingly in the context of a scientific paper and use it to analyse and solve problems independently.
Elective Module 9: Life World - Life Forms: Individual and Society (10 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students can give an account of the most important theoretical approaches of interpretative sociology and explain its basic terminology. Moreover, they can describe the current subject areas and research perspectives in everyday and cultural sociological analysis. In particular, they are able to critically discuss identity constructions in the context of recognition and misjudgement conditions based on sociological identity theories and theoretical impulses from relating fields. They can identify central theses and lines of argument and give an account of them in an unaltered way. In addition, they are able to apply theoretical concepts to empirical phenomena in an exemplary way.
Elective Module 10: Rural and Regional Sociology (10 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: The students can reflect the current status of the debates on the dynamics of social change in agriculture and rural areas and describe their interactions with social developments (in Austria, Europe and in countries in the south). They are able to reflect on and analyse processes of urban-rural relationships as well as the basics of regional development processes using social science theories.

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