Faculty of Social Sciences
Göttingen – An academic venue par excellence
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, founded in 1737, sees itself as a global player among the world’s major research institutions with a focus on research-based teaching. As many as 25,000 students are enrolled at the 13 faculties at any one time. By engaging international scholars, researchers and scientists and a high proportion of foreign students, the University of Göttingen follows its tradition as a research campus of international significance and renown. In 2007, thanks to its institutional strategy to promote top-level research entitled “Tradition – Innovation – Autonomy”, Georg-August-Universität was successfully included in the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government and the State Governments. This placed Göttingen among the top nine German universities accredited with a pedigree in international competitiveness.
Especially in the social sciences and humanities, Göttingen University boasts a diversity of subjects and a robust infrastructure:
• Good equipment: The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) is among the five largest academic libraries in Germany.
• Personalised advice and support: Aspects such as academic advisors, mentors and small seminar sizes with a manageable number of participants all foster a productive and trust-inspired studying atmosphere. Subject-specific writing advisors offer individualised help in writing academic and scientific papers.
• Close proximities: The main university campus, downtown area and railway station are all situated within walking distance of each other in this 130,000-inhabitant town. All of the Faculty’s institutes, except for one, are located in the downtown area.
• Attractive leisure-time activities: As a town much dominated by the university and its students, Göttingen has a wealth of leisure-time choices on offer. Rich in music and culture with cinemas, theatres and an abundance of cafés and pubs, Göttingen is also home to many facilities for university sports, so there is never a lack of pleasant distractions from academia either ...
Link to degree programmes
Embedded within the Göttingen Research Campus – where myriad cooperative relationships with university and non-university institutes and centres merge – the Faculty of Social Sciences divides its research foci into three interlinked subjects “Globalisation and institutional change”, “Cultural and religious diversity and social integration” and “Educational research”.
Alongside these areas of emphasis, the field of gender studies in the social sciences represents a cross-sectoral topic that had been managed under the auspices of the Faculty for a quite while. In April 2011, the establishment of a chair for Gender Studies in Sociology strengthened this departmental structure even more.
Profile of the Faculty of Science
The distinguishing characteristic of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is its broad combination of subjects ranging from Ethnology, Educational Science, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Sport Science to Modern Indian Studies. The Faculty also runs a cross-departmental Center of Methods. In the past few years, it has been increasingly successful in establishing interdisciplinary links between these subjects in both teaching and research.more…