Socio-informatics specialization

Computer science for the society of the future

In the socio-informatics specialization, you will mostly be dealing with the question of which IT applications can be realized in our digital society. Taking into acount the interrelationships of society and computer science, you will research how user behaviour and the structure of society changes through socially-embedded software. In order to answer these fascinating questions, you will identify potential and develop product strategies in order to open 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. Or you may work on concepts for digital public participation, so-called eGovernment. The development of digitally networked ehealth systems could also be part of your work in the future.

As part of your course, you will be taught methodology for IT, social sciences and management. During your programme you will also be taught methods of analysis in order to evaluate the influence of software systems on society and to reduce risks. This means that when you graduate, you will have excellent interdisciplinary know-how and social skills.

If you're interested in designing IT products for the digital society, then the socio-informatics specialization is right for you.

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. Your programme includes lectures, seminars and practicals in the area of computer science, software engineering, project and product management, information and communication management, languages and social skills. With the specialization modules in principles of social sciences, empirical methods, computer science in a social context, social networks and psychology of the IT market, you will have gain deep insights into the central aspects of socio-informatics. Further specializations can also be taken in the semester projects in the 4th and 6th semesters, in the internship in the 5th semester and in the 2 elective modules in the 6th and 7th semesters.

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 professionals in the IT sector is constantly growing. IT graduates are in high demand in the job market and have excellent career perspectives. Salaries expectations are also outstanding.

durch ihr praxisnahes, innovatives Studium

Graduates who specialize in socio-informatics have an innovative and workplace-oriented degree with specific social skills, and are thus ideally prepared for exciting and varied career pathways in product management. The international orientation of the programme offers outstanding job prospects in our strongly software-influenced world. Top rankings in employability confirm the high level of respect our graduates enjoy in IT firms.

Career pathways for Socio-informatics specialization

  • Strategic product management (development of new product strategies, innovation management, customer loyalty, trend scouting)
  • Product manager for software systems and IT services  (design, market launch and support of IT products)
  • IT services management

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.