"Not only did I gain a broad theoretical and methodological approach, I also enjoy the inspiring, interdisciplinary context offered in the CDSS program." Mascha Rauschenbach, CDSS


Sociology is an empirical science of society as an integrated system and the various social institutions, of social groups and communities, the relationship between the individual and society, social processes and the laws of human crowd behavior.

Studies and Research

The Department of Sociology at the University of Mannheim has an outstanding reputation due to its strength in empirical and analytical research, using innovative quantitative techniques in its research designs.

Research at the Department of Sociology focuses on broad social phenomena, predominantly within the areas of

  • Family
  • Education
  • Economic Sociology
  • Migration Studies

Furthermore, the chairs of Social Psychology focus on micro-sociological processes. You will find details on specific ongoing research projects on the websites of the individual chairs and at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).

Focuses in research and teaching are Sociological Theory, Comparative Sociology, Stratification Research, Economic Sociology, Social Psychology, and Quantitative Research methods. The close cooperation with the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and the Leibniz Institute for Social Research (GESIS) facilitates interdisciplinary research.

Topical coursework is complemented by training in methods of empirical social research. Advanced courses provide students with the tools for rigorous and thorough theoretical and empirical analysis. They learn how to deal with event history and panel data, experimental and survey designs, network analysis, game theory and causal analysis. CDSS courses catalog