Master of Arts in Economic Sociology

The Masters programme in Economic Sociology offers research-based instruction in the sociological analysis of modern economies in their social and historical contexts. The social, cultural, institutional and political principles and references to economic action and processes are examined from a social science perspective. Core thematic areas are markets, work, culture of economics as well as the institutional embedding of transnational economic processes. Special emphasis is placed on the examination of players and processes in global financial markets.

Typical questions include:

  • Is economic action always based on rational cost-benefit considerations? What role do social networks, politics, institutions and culture play in economics?
  • What alternative organizational principles of economic activities were there in the past and which ones still exist today? How do various markets differ in their structure and historical development? What does the penetration of market principles in other societal areas mean for modern society?
  • What consequences do flexibilization and subjectification of work have for people and the organizations in which they work?
  • Are politics losing their formative power over the economy in the age of globalization?
  • Which new types of resource-related conflicts, imbalances of power and social formations evolve between economy, society and state?
  • What impact does the financial crisis of recent years have on public perception of the financial sector, on the activities of the players involved and decisions made by economic and political institutions?

Special features

Frankfurt am Main, as one of Europe’s most important locations for the global financial sector, and the Rhine-Main region as a metropolitan region and logistics hub are ideal starting points for the analysis of economic sociology questions.

Apart from the geographical location, the programme is characterized by a broad thematic spectrum, which ranges from economic sociology to aspects of the sociology of work and of organizations to questions of international political economy.

In the framework of a compulsory elective module, students have the possibility either to study a thematic area in greater depth at the Faculty of Social Sciences or choose one of three options at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: Political Economy – Microeconomics, Political Economy – Macroeconomics or Business Administration – Finance.


At a glance

Programme duration: 4 semesters (2 academic years)
Programme start:  Winter semester only
Restricted admission:    Yes
Amount: 120 credit points (CPs)
Number of modules (main subject): 8 compulsory modules, 1 compulsory elective module
Type of module examinations: Coursework
Written test
Oral examination (only in modules 8 and 10)
Language(s) of instruction:  German, English