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EU code
14.4 - Psychology and Behavioural Sciences
3 - PhD
Free University of Berlin, Germany
Department of Political and Social Sciences
PhD Degree in Cognitive and Affective Sociology
Language requirements
Participants should be fluent in both written and spoken English. Applicants from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have obtained a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL test (or a score of at least 213 on a computer TOEFL test) or provide proof of an equivalent test or provide proof that part of their education was in English.
Academic requirements
MA in relevant field
Max available positions
Cognitive and Affective Sociology (CAS) investigates how culture and society systematically shape peoples’ feelings and cognitions. Likewise, it aims at understanding how these feelings and cognitions give rise to stable patterns of social action & interaction and ultimately contribute to bringing about macro-social structures and symbolic order. CAS acknowledges that cognition and emotion are fundamentally dependent on each other and exhibit marked social plasticity, both in embodied and representational views. They are susceptible to the influence of social institutions and practices and at the same time form the building blocks social behavior. Investigating the cognitive and affective foundations of social action is thus essential in understanding the social world, from dyadic interactions to group processes and large-scale social dynamics. CAS stands in the tradition of the sociology of knowledge, cultural sociology, & social psychology, bringing together different theoretical & methodological paradigms.
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36 months between Jul 15 2014 and Jul 14 2017
Contact person
Prof. Dr. Christian von Scheve (