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Basic information

Total number of students at the department


Number of master degree students (w/o teacher qualification)


Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase

13/14 points


Third party funds per academic

30,700 €

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support
Support in studies
Courses offered
Study organisation
Exam organisation
Research orientation
Support for stays abroad
Overall study situation
Return rate of the questionnaires


Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

The courses offered by the faculty are characterised by interdisciplinarity, the combination of theoretical knowledge and methodological skills as well as application orientation with a focus on research. Students learn from the very first semester that the social world can and must be analysed from different social science perspectives. Teaching research projects offer the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge and skills. Openness to the world, appreciation of cultural diversity are a matter of course, numerous partner universities offer the possibility of a semester abroad.

Exchange universities for stay abroads

Universität Helsinki, Finnland; Complutense University of Madrid, Spanien; Università di Bologna, Ravenna, Italien; Universität Basel, Schweiz; Tallinn University of Technology, Estland; Universität Nijmegen, Niederlande; Universität Luxemburg, Luxemburg; Universität Tours, Frankreich; Universität Istanbul, Türkei; Universität Krakau, Polen; Universität Prag, Tschechien

Special features regarding research activities

There are four lines of research: 1. Globalisation textures: Disruption, Tension and Governance; 2. Public Sector and State Activity: Reasons, Effects and Change; 3. Work and Social Structure: Dynamics, Diversity and Solidarity; 4. Culture and Identity and Gender: Negotiations and Reorganisation. Current topics are migration, global governance, ageing society, gender, interculturality. Research institutions include the Centre for Interdisciplinary Regional Research (ZEFIR), the Centre for Methods, the Institute for Peacekeeping (IFHV) and the Kilian Köhler Centre.

Support for founders

The Ruhr-Universität has set up a "Worldfactory" to promote entrepreneurial and start-up spirit during studies. Here, entrepreneurial ideas are developed together with students from other disciplines in interdisciplinary teams and constructively accompanied and advised by experts and scientists. Students are provided with rooms, technical equipment and specific teaching formats. The faculty supports the activities of the Worldfactory by integrating seminars on entrepreneurship into the curriculum.

Other special features

With the motto "human - cosmopolitan - high-performance", the Ruhr-Universität places the diversity of its members at the centre of its mission statement. The high proportion of students from non-academic families is a challenge that the faculty takes into account in its teaching (small groups, structured supervision). In the organisation of teaching at the Faculty of Social Sciences, special emphasis is placed on student participation. A "Day of Teaching" is held regularly to discuss current challenges at eye level.

Further information on research activities




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(S) = Students' judgements

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(P) = Professors' judgements


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Value in points


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Last Update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education
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