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

Choosing Sociology courses

  • All courses can be found in LSF. Select “Faculty of Social Sciences”/”Sociology” for Sociology courses.
  • 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).
  • 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 in question by selecting the course in LSF and scrolling down to the point “Course catalogue”.
  • Discuss the courses you may choose from the LMU course catalogue and for which courses you will receive credit transfer with the coordinator of your home university.
  • In order to confirm course recognition chances at your home university, make sure that you discuss the selected courses with your home coordinator before you enroll for your courses.
  • 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.

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

  • Applying for courses is mandatory (except for lectures/Vorlesungen which you may attend without former notification, here, you just 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 attend the mandatory Welcome Event at the Department of Sociology a week before the start of the lecture period. Fill in the course application form with your prioritised list of course wishes. We will send you a course place confirmation a couple of days afterwards and will register you for your courses online; as an exchange student, you cannot register online yourself.
  • Some of your 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 make an alternative offer to ensure you will be able to meet the ECTS requirements of your home university.
  • We will check and confirm place availability by e-mail a couple of days after the Welcome Event and will register you in

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.