Chair of Sociology of Work

Information for students

Dear Students,

On this page we have summarized all the information for you.

Please check here first to see if you can find the answer to your questions before writing to us.

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You can write your final thesis with Prof. Hofmeister or Dr. Krömmelbein.
Please note that the procedure and application process differ.

These topics are possible for a thesis with Prof. Hofmeister:

  • Is education work? How is learning and getting educated similar or different to paid work? What ist he societal versus personal benefit of education?
  • The work of maintaining social media profiles and personal branding: is this work?
  • The work of looking after personal health, weight, appearance: what is of personal benefit, societal benefit, what is the line to obsession?
  • Emotion work versus emotional labor: What is the difference, does it matter?
  • The work of political advocacy: societal and sociological relevance
  • Networking as a kind of unpaid work: sociological, personal, societal, and organizational interests
  • Zero-hours contracts (UK): should the time companies require you to reserve for on-call work be paid time? Is it work?
  • Informal helping of friends and neighbors as a kind of work
  • The work of keeping friendships and family relationships alive and active
  • The sociological and societal relevance of keeping family and personal archives
  • The sociological and societal relevance of consumption
  • Bezahlte und Unbezahlte Arbeit, Arbeitsaufteilung / Paid and unpaid work, division of labor
  • Intergenerational transmission of attitudes and behaviors
  • Lebenslaufforschung / Life course research questions
  • Geschlechterforschung bezüglich Arbeit / gender research in relation to work
  • International and cross-national social policy comparisons
  • Führungskräfte, Leadership and gender, intergenerational, cohort, sector themes
  • Gleichstellungspolitik und deren (indentierte und unintendierte) Auswirkungen: Mentoring programs, Gleichstellungsmittel aus Forschungsprojekten, Professorinnen-Programme, usw. für Deutschland, gender equality policies and comparisons among countries (ADVANCE, ATHENA, etc).
  • Historical developments in behaviors, attitudes, policies
  • Public sector work and policy themes, especially Universities as places of employment
  • Urban structures and their consequences for life course outcomes
  • Topics related to publications I have authored or coauthored or to my teaching themes or my blog topics
Send the completed application form including all required attachments to this email: arbeitssoziologie@em.uni-frankfurt.de.

You will receive a proposal for an appointment to discuss the topic of your thesis. If already available, bring a synopsis of your research topic to this appointment.

Download Bewerbungsformular Abschlussarbeit - Prof. Hofmeister

Download Bewerbungsformular Dissertation - Prof. Hofmeister

How to find us


Institut für Soziologie
Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Theodor-W.-Adorno Platz 6

60323 Frankfurt am Main

Postal address

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 / PF 14
60629 Frankfurt am Main

  • You register for the exam colloquium with Prof. Hofmeister.
  • You write an exposé, if this has not already been done.
  • After finalizing the topic and the deadline, you register your thesis with the examination office.
Please make sure that you use the citation method described in the Handbuch zum wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten in your theses.
Please also submit a pdf version of the paper to us in parallel with the printed version (either on CD directly with the paper or as an email attachment).

Email to: arbeitssoziologie@em.uni-frankfurt.de

How to find us


Institut für Soziologie
Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Theodor-W.-Adorno Platz 6

60323 Frankfurt am Main

Postal address

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 / PF 14
60629 Frankfurt am Main
  • In about five minutes, present what your paper is about: Why did you choose this question, what is the question, how did you answer the question, what is your conclusion?
  • Prof. Hofmeister will refer to the expert opinion in her questions and take up questions that have arisen in the expert opinion. The point here is not for you to justify your work, but to reflect on what you might have done differently in retrospect.
  • Prof. Hofmeister pays attention to the extent to which you continue to be willing to learn and consider new points of view. The ability to talk about your work and to classify it sociologically is particularly important here.
Dr. Krömmelbein will not accept final theses until 2024 at the earliest.

Beyond that, she only accepts theses with topics in the field of sociology of work.

If you would like to write a thesis (bachelor's, master's, state examination, etc.) with Dr. Krömmelbein, please send the completed application form to Dr. Krömmelbein: kroemmelbein@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Download Bewerbungsformular Abschlussarbeit with Dr. Krömmelbein

With whom can I write final theses?
You can write your final thesis in the sociology of work department with Prof. Hofmeister for Bachelor's, Master's, Magister / Diplom degrees in sociology.
You can write theses in the sociology of work department with Dr. Krömmelbein for Bachelor's, Master's, Magister / Diplom degrees in sociology.

What are the prerequisites?
The prerequisite is that you have already thought about a topic and apply to us using the appropriate form.

What do I have to consider organizationally?

You can find information about the deadlines and the scope of the theses on the pages of the examination office.

Applications to arbeitssoziologie@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Only registrations sent to this email address will be considered

Registrations outside the specified times will not be considered

Available times are highlighted in blue

These topics are available for a final exam for teacher education majors with Prof. Hofmeister:

  • Changes in work and labor relations
  • Work and gender
  • Occupations and professions
  • Inequality in the workplace
  • Schools as a world of work, teachers as a profession

Spring 2023

Registration no longer possible

Fall 2023

Registration no longer possible

Spring 2024

Registration open

Fall 2024

Registration from

Stand 09.12.2022

Send the completed form with your application to this email: arbeitssoziologie@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Please include your university email address in the form, as according to the valid DSVO we are only allowed to correspond with students via this address.

Download Bewerbungsformular zur Abschlussprüfung

10 applications are accepted per semester.
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. All other applicants can be placed on a waiting list.
In any case, you will be informed about the status of your application in a timely manner.
A final oral or written exam is successful when the student demonstrates that he/she is
  • is able to deal with the core theses
  • understands the overall context
  • can place the literature in a larger overall context
  • and can reflect critically on it

Applications to kroemmelbein@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Only registrations sent to this email address will be considered

Registrations outside the specified times will not be considered

Dr. Krömmelbein initially only accepts examinees who have already taken a final module examination with her.

Only if there are still places available, other applicants can move up.
For student teachers who, at the time of application, have already obtained a certificate of achievement or proof of participation in a course from Ms. Krömmelbein, the dates specified in step 2 apply for registration.

With LN with Dr. KrömmelbeinMit TN with Dr. Krömmelbein
In the summer semesterRegistration from 01.04Registration from 01.05
In the winter semesterRegistration from 01.10Registration from 01.11

Enrollments are made one year before the exam dates.

If you meet the prerequisites, enroll in the appropriate OLAT course on the dates given in step 2.
The OLAT course is called "Prüfungsvorbereitung Lehrarmt Frühjahr/Herbst (Jahrzahl)".
Dr. Krömmelbein will then contact you via the messages (student account) of the OLAT course.
If necessary, please set up a redirection so that the messages reach you.
Please pay attention to the instructions on OLAT: You also have to upload an application form.
If the seats are already taken, you will be put on a move-up list.


If you need a consultation appointment with Prof. Hofmeister, please write to Anna Anlauft for the link to the consultation registration.If you only need a signature from Ms. Hofmeister on a registration form, you can arrange this directly with Ms. Anlauft. A consultation appointment is not necessary in this case.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the scientific staff members, please write to them directly. On the individual pages of the staff members you will find information about the usual office hours
In order to properly register your attendance and performance records with the examination office of FB03, we ask you to register electronically via the QIS/LSF system in advance. If you have missed the registration deadline, please ask your examination office in which form your performance can be subsequently registered.
Registration for courses takes place exclusively via the QIS/LSF-System

If you have been given a place in a course as a latecomer or lateral entrant, please inform the lecturer so that your performance can still be booked at the end of the semester.

Your achievements - provided you were previously registered in LSF - are automatically and electronically forwarded by us to the examination office. If you need a module certificate for your course of study, you can send it pre-filled via e-mail to arbeitssoziologie@em.uni-frankfurt.de. We will then complete it and let you know as soon as you can pick it up at the secretary's office. Please note the opening hours.

Please note: You will only receive certificates for the modules specified in the LSF for the respective course.

Secretary's office

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The scope of the term paper depends on your examination regulations and your course of study. If necessary, use the information in the Handbuch wissenschaftliches Arbeiten as a guide. Here you can find an overview of the assessment criteria for module theses in the BA and MA degree programs: Assessment Standards (pdf). The requirements for scientific work include the ability to independently research scientific literature in the context of a term paper.
The development and dissemination of sociological knowledge are social processes that require ethical considerations and decisions at every stage. Sociologists should always be aware of the ethical implications of their work. This code is intended to help sociologists confront ethical problems in their work and to critically examine their professional actions. Teachers in particular are called upon to instruct junior researchers and students in professional ethics. Read more...
If you are to submit files in electronic form, please follow some sensible basic rules for naming the files. This will make it easier for instructors to manage, sort, and retrieve the files. Here you will find more information about downloading electronic files to be submitted.
The deadline for homework is usually the date of the beginning of the following semester. Please also note the information provided by your lecturers. Earlier submissions are possible at any time.
Due to the high number of students we unfortunately cannot confirm every successful document upload in OLAT. If we notice that a document is missing we will contact you. In order to be able to receive messages via OLAT please make sure that your university e-mail account is active and that you can receive messages via it.
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  • You can hand in and pick up module vouchers at the secretary's office. Please note the opening hours.
  • You can only get certificates for the modules that are listed in the LSF for the respective course.


  • The ability to independently read scientific (and appropriate to the topic) literature is one of the requirements of scientific work in the context of a term paper.

Term paper

  • Scope: This depends on your examination regulations and your course of study. If necessary, use the information in our term paper guidelines as a guide.
  • Deadline: usually the date of the beginning of the following semester. Please also refer to the information provided by your lecturer.
  • Earlier submission: a submission before the deadline is possible at any time.


  • We cannot confirm every successful upload of documents in OLAT. If we notice that a document is missing we will contact you on our own initiative.
  • In order to receive messages via OLAT your university e-mail account has to be active.
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  • Only if you know someone well or are friends with someone should you use slightly more unofficial language.

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Always begin your e-mails, if they are not of a private nature, with a salutation. If you do not know the name of the addressee, a "Dear Sir or Madam" will suffice.
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