Social Informatics specialization

Computer science for tomorrow's world

Social Informatics specialization (I9143-1)

Social Informatics specialization

The focus of the Social Informatics specialization is digitalization and its effect on society. You will research how user behaviour changes by looking at the interrelationships of society and computer science. For example, the way in which we communicate with each other has changed through software applications. WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and so on, are now an integral part of our daily lives. But business models such as online banking, the sharing economy and jurisprudence must be continually adapted to new developments. Your job description will include the development of user-oriented and sustainable IT products and finding new markets. You may design future-oriented software systems, particularly for large user groups. These could be social platforms for crowdsourcing or for customer loyalty in businesses. Or you may work on concepts for digital public participation, so-called eGovernment. The development of technical systems, for example for smart homes or the automobile sector, could also be something you will work on in the future.

The IT, sociology and management methodology you will be taught on your course make it unique. Techniques such as sustainability design and business canvas models are also taught to enable you to identify the possible influence of IT products and incorporate these in design.

Programme structure

The bachelor programme takes 7 semesters and is clearly structured. In each semester you will take 5 modules which are generally completed with a graded assessment. The foundation level studies are completed after 2 semesters, the advanced level studies after 5 semesters.

You gain practical experience already during your course through the  2 integrated projects in the 4th and 6th semesters. In the 5th semester you do an internship in a software company of your choice. If you wish you can do your 6th semester abroad - and we'll help you find a suitable university. In the 7th semester you complete your degree by writing your thesis, generally within a company.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • General IT product management skills
  • Set up and use of modern information technologies in and for IT firms

Specialization:

  • Product management skills (Interdisciplinary knowledge of computer science and society) particularly the analysis of user groups and the design of software solutions for social issues)
  • Development of design principles and methods of realization for software with large user groups

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • International orientation
  • Communication and (re)presentation skills
  • Teamworking and leadership skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Strategic IT product management (development of new product strategies, innovation management, market strategies, customer loyalty, risk management, trend scouting): "Computer science for the society of the future"
  • Product management of software systems and IT services
  • IT services management

Job description and perspectives

The need for highly-skilled IT professionals is constantly growing. IT graduates who design sustainable IT products which take the effect on man and society into consideration, are in great demand on the job market. They have excellent career perspectives and salary expectations.

Career pathways

  • Product manager for software systems and IT services
  • Strategic product management/market research

Employment sectors

  • IT firms
  • Software and communication industry
  • Service companies
  • Administration, trade

Further academic qualification - master's degree

After completing your bachelor's degree you will be qualified to take our Computer Science or Mobile Systems master's degree. With a master's degree, you will be optimally prepared to take on management responsibilities or to do a doctorate.

[Translate to English:] Maren Rau
A translator is often needed at the interface between IT and management. That is what we are trained to do in our study programme. Every day I experience how important it is to be able to understand both points of view, especially in Requirements Engineering. That's why good IT graduates are also highly sought-after in the automotive sector, too.
Maren Rau, Requirements Engineering, E/E Project Management and Integration/Research & Development (RD/EIP), Daimler AG, graduated 2014