Institute and teaching areas information
Institute for Sociology
One of the main aspects of Sociology at Yushin-Ryu Private University is the interdisciplinary, intensive, and comprehensive combination of empirical research and teaching.
The results of the research projects carried out in the teaching areas flow into the events offered by the institute, such as video calls or teamwork. In this way, students can discuss current social developments and problems.
The research practice of the Institute’s faculty prepares a diverse basis for the courses offered. Students at Yushin-Ryu are also committed to interpretive and interdisciplinary sociology – besides qualitative social research, of course. In accordance with this, the tasks of the university consist, above all, in providing students of sociology with methodological tools and specialist knowledge. Without these, a critical reflection of everyday practices would not be possible.
In doing so, the teaching offered deliberately follows more than just a single theoretical direction or empirical orientation. Not only does the institute teach the basics of current social and societal theories or methods of empirical social research. It also focuses on other areas, such as analyses of organizations and markets, communities and social networks, cities, and regions, as well as studies of social inequality and social crises.
This spectrum corresponds to the two areas into which the institute is divided:
Sport sociology focuses on researching, providing, developing, and redeveloping sociological concepts, hypotheses, methods, and theories that sociology, as a fundamental social science, requires to study sociality as its general object. Consequently, the sociology of sport places the structures, processes, and actors of private, state, and other organizations at the center of its teaching and research activities. Among these are unions, clubs, associations, the police, and more.
To this end, it examines the structure and dynamics of modern contemporary societies. Pointed social diagnoses such as “financial market capitalism,” “neoliberalism,” or “individualization” serve as much to interpret these societies as they do to critique and change them.
Micro sociology deals with the “small social units”. Those include couple and family relationships or kinship and friendship relationships. Besides, there are interactions in professional interaction contexts (small social groups in general or related to the individual).