Management of social Change


Social change is everywhere in our modern societies. It affects populations and state institutions, technologies and business organizations alike, but also family forms or social identities. Current key dynamics such as demographic change and digitization, or globalization and socio-ecological change illustrate that processes of social change are happening on all levels and within all subsystems of our society. We cannot ignore them, but must instead face the task of recognizing and shaping them as far as possible.

The Master programme deals with this dual task and combines theoretical-conceptual, research-methodological and application and practice-oriented components.

From an interdisciplinary perspective, the courses impart knowledge and competences on structures and actors, forms and consequences of social change, and approaches and methods of social change management.

Graduates will be able to conduct independent research on social change and to advise and support individuals, groups and organizations in coping with the challenges of social change and the opportunities of shaping it.


General information

Campus: Görlitz

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Type: Consecutive

Duration: 3 or 4 full-time semesters

Enrolment: Unrestricted admission to the summer or winter semester

ECTS credits: 90/120

Places: 30

Tuition fees: None (for students from Germany; a semester fee of € 89.50 applies to all students)

Admission requirements:

Four-semester Master course: a Bachelor’s degree with at least 180 ECTS credits; Three-semester Master course: a Bachelor’s degree with 210 ECTS points, both obtained in social sciences or a related field



Core modules

(1) Perspectives, Topics and Theories

(Lectures/classes: Modern society and social change, Theories and approaches of social change research, Urban and spatial sociology, Organizational sociology, Trends and transformations in contemporary societies)


(2) Fields, Levels and Dimensions of Social Change

Economic and social structures, Politics and statehood, Cultures and identities, Communication and mass media


(3) Methods

Methods of empirical social research; Qualitative and quantitative social research, Organizational studies and evaluation research


(4) Knowledge, Quality and Ethics in Change Management

(Transformative science and management ethics, Theory and practice of advice and counselling; Quality management


(5) Final Module

(Master’s thesis and its defence)


Elective Core Modules
For all: (a) Shaping social change - an introduction to problems, fields and techniques, (b) Colloquium: Fields, actors and management in comparison


2 Specialization Modules

(A) Organization, Social Affairs, Ecology

(Social and inclusion management, Sustainability management, Research placement: Innovation and Change Management

(B) Society, politics, administration

(Societal transformation management, Organizational and conflict management, Research placement: Regional Management and Local Governance


Supplemental modules in the 4-semester course: (1) Social research: theory, methodology, reflection; (2) practical experience placement

Letzte Änderung:12. November 2018




  Prof. Dr. phil. habil.

  Raj Kollmorgen

  Fakultät Sozialwissenschaften

  Haus GI, Raum 2.17


  Tel.: 03581 374-4259



Mag. Artium

Cornelia Müller


Tel.: 03581 374-4274

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