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Specialties of the master program: Cooperations
A close cooperation with a number of renowned research institutions offers an extraordinary opportunity for the students to learn from research practitioners from various fields and specialties. This provides an excellent exchange of research, a chance to learn about applied social science, and great employment opportunities for students.
The teaching program is implemented together with three interdisciplinary FU Institutes for Area Studies: the East European, the Latin American, and the North American Studies, as well as with the Cluster of Excellence ‘Languages of Emotion’, and two well-established research centers: the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).
The internationally renowned Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is the biggest non-university social research institution in Europe. Around 160 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians.
The WZB conducts research in numerous areas, for example in: education and labor markets, life chances, migration – often with an international and comparative perspective. A number of researchers affiliated with the Center offer courses in the Master’s program, including Prof. Heike Solga and WZB president Prof. Jutta Allmendinger.
The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) is one of the leading economic research institutions in Germany. It is an independent, non-profit academic institution which is involved in basic research and policy advice. Its core mandates are applied economic research and economic policy as well as provision of research infrastructure.
The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a longitudinal panel household study is embedded at the DIW Berlin. Social scientists employed at the SOEP department offer courses in the Master’s program as well, including SOEP Director Prof. Jürgen Schupp
At the Freie Universität there are three well-known interdisciplinary institutes for Area Studies. Their respective Chairs of Sociology cooperate with the Institute of Sociology in the teaching at the Master’s program.
The Chair of Sociology at the Institute for East European Studies (OEI) focuses on the social and institutional transitions in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as on welfare state regimes, labor market and social inequality.
The Chair of Sociology at the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) combines an interdisciplinary focus on Latin America with new methodological and theoretical developments in different areas of sociology.
The Chair of Sociology at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies focuses, besides the analysis of social structure in the United States and Canada, on theoretical approaches to the social processes and social integration.
The Cluster of Excellence ‘Languages of Emotion’ at Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 2007 within the German Excellence Initiative. This interdisciplinary research center brings together scientists and scholars of over twenty disciplines, including sociology, who investigate the complex relationships between emotions and language, art, culture, and society.