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Educational Sciences

Bayreuth's Department of Educational Sciences comprises Psychology, General Pedagogy, and School Education. The department is involved in both teacher education and in the bachelor's programme Culture & Society. ...more

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Social & Cultural Anthropology

Understanding foreign human action - and doing so based on the foreigners' assumptions and not our own - was both the task and the strength of social anthropology long before the era of globalization. ...more

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If you want to understand the present, you have to know the past. History students in Bayreuth pay especially close attention to the history of the nation-states in Europe and their cultural and economic interrelationships. ...more

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The Department of Philosophy has a strong analytical tradition in addition to its focus on practical and theoretical philosophy. First and foremost, we address the relevance of the philosophical enterprise in changing the world. The department is also home to one of the most successful Philosophy & Economics programmes at the bachelor's and master's levels. ...more

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Study of Religion

In Bayreuth, the Study of Religion links its focuses on contemporary religious culture, contemporary Islamic cultures, and Africa in a lively way. Current religious dynamics take centre stage in research and teaching. ...more

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Why are we becoming more and more dependent on society, even though we seem to be getting more autonomous? This is just one of the key questions in sociology. Other areas of emphasis include social theory, the sociology of knowledge, political sociology, and the history of science and theory. ...more

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Sport Science

The Bayreuth Centre of Sport Science  has a strong focus on applications, evaluation, and basic research in sport science and sport economics. Research topics include talent development, health promotion, and doping. ...more

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