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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), seminars (Seminare) and tutorials (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
  • 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
Tutorials and seminars
(Übungen und Seminare)
  • 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 tutorials (Übungen) and seminars (Seminare) in English each semester, which will ensure you the opportunity to obtain up to 30 ECTS.


Applying for Sociology courses (summer semester 2020)

  • Due to the Corona situation, the summer semester will go ahead as scheduled on 20 April 2020 but there will be no face-to-face teaching. The faculties and departments of LMU will be switching to online teaching. The lectures will inform the students who are enrolled in their courses about the precise form of online teaching at the beginning of the lecture period (20 April 2020).
  • Applying for courses is mandatory (except for lectures/Vorlesungen which you may attend without former notification, here, you must list the lecture in question in your online study schedule). If you do not apply for any other course, you will not be able to participate.
  • To apply for Sociology courses, please fill in the course application form with your prioritised list of course wishes, and bring it to our Departmental Welcome Event. We will confirm course places via e-mail as soon as possible and will also register you online for the courses confirmed to you (please note that as an exchange student, you cannot register online). Make sure you add the courses confirmed to you in your study schedule. 
  • Unfortunately, some of course wishes may be rejected if the maximum capacities for a course will have been exceeded. In case we cannot offer you a course, we will try to offer you an alternative course to ensure you will meet the ECTS requirements of your home university. This applies to Sociology students 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 50% of your courses must be taken at the LMU institute hosting you. Ask your coordinator for further details.
  • Please note that different institutes/faculties have different procedures.
  • If you wish to take courses at another LMU institute, make sure you visit their website for incoming students and contact the departmental exchange/Erasmus+ coordinators for information about course application and enrollment procedures.