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Choosing Sociology courses
Applying for Sociology courses
Types of courses at IfS
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Choosing Sociology courses

  • All courses can be found in LSF. Select “Faculty of Social Sciences”/”Sociology” for Sociology courses (see PDF on how to find Sociology courses in LSF).
  • As a Sociology student coming to IfS you can apply to any courses of interest to you, provided you meet the language and study requirements (B2 in German for courses held in German, the same level, B2, applies for English courses). With a German level of B2 or higher, you should primarily take German courses, as the number of English taught courses is limited
  • Generally, you should attend courses corresponding to your study level (BA if you are a BA student, MA if you are a MA student). You will find the study level of the course by selecting it in LSF and scrolling down to the point “Course catalogue”.
  • Contact the coordinator of your home university and discuss the courses you may choose from the LMU course catalogue in order to receive course recognition and credit transfer upon your return.
  • We advise you to select a good mix of courses from different course types, comprising lectures (Vorlesungen), advanced seminars (Seminare) and seminars (Übungen), which will allow you to spread your work fairly equally throughout the semester. In Sociology, lectures are however mostly solely being offered in German.

Type of courses at IfS

Course typeCharacteristics

Lectures (6 ECTS)
(Vorlesungen) (always in combination with a tutorial)

  • Introduction to a subfield or topic
  • Approx. 400-600 participants
  • Input-oriented course form, discussions only exceptionally
  • Assessment mostly by written exam at the end of the course period
  • Reglar attendance highly recommended but not mandatory
  • Written exam at the end of the course period
  • Often accompanied by tutorials for thematic revision and exam preparation
Seminars (Übungen) (6ECTS) and advanced seminars (Seminare) (9 ECTS)

  • In-depth investigation of specific sociological topics
  • 30-40 students
  • Regular attendance mandatory
  • Active student course participation foreseen (discussions, presentations)
  • Assessment through active course participation (presentation), approx. 15-pages papers and/or written tests throughout the semester (discuss time and contents of your concrete contributions with your lecturer)

While lectures (Vorlesungen) are always held in German, you will be able to take a number of seminars (Übungen) and advanced seminars (Seminare) in English each semester, which will ensure you the opportunity to obtain up to 30 ECTS.


Applying for Sociology courses (summer semester 2024)

  • Applying for courses is mandatory. As an incoming student at the Institute of Sociology, you will receive detailed information on how to apply for the courses by email. We will confirm course places via e-mail before the start of the semester and will also register you online for the courses confirmed.
  •  If you would like to take courses at the Institute of Sociology and are coming from another department or institute, please write an email to for further assistance. Deadline for applying for courses is March 10th 2024.
  • Unfortunately, some of course wishes may in fact be rejected in case the maximum capacities for a course have been exceeded. If we cannot offer you a course, we will try to offer you an alternative course to ensure you will meet your ECTS requirements. This applies to students studying Sociology as their major and primarily to those from our core partners (if you are usure if our departments have a bilateral agreement, please ask your home coordinator.

Applying for other courses at LMU

  • Exchange students can to a certain degree choose courses from other departments. At least 60% of your courses must be taken at the LMU department hosting you. Ask your coordinator for further details.
  • Please note that different institutes/faculties have different course application procedures.
  • If you wish to take courses at another LMU department, visit their website for incoming students and contact the departmental exchange/Erasmus+ coordinators for further information about their course application and enrollment procedures.