History of the SOCIUM

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The new SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy.

The University of Bremen undertakes a unique step throughout Germany while bringing together the already existing expertise in social science on the topics inequality and social policy in a new research center: SOCIUM. The well-known social scientific research institutes, namely the ZeS (Centre for Social Policy Research) and the Institute for Empirical and Applied Sociology (EMPAS) have just merged for this reason.

All figures point towards an increase in national, regional and global inequality and this, even though around one third of the gross national product of developed countries is spent on the welfare state. This calls for a clarification to explain this development, but also some social scientific research on its social and political consequences. The public and politics will otherwise have to rely on well-known data, assumptions and speculations.

In view of an increasingly complex field, research projects can only be organized successfully through networks because inequality today is not only a national problem or a problem of development policy. It is rather a complex question of poverty and unequal pay, financial markets, European and international organizations, of global civil societies as well as of employment-, tax-, developments-, structure-, and trade policy. The SOCIUM offers this necessary content-related and organizational basis.

Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58629
E-Mail: mwindzio@uni-bremen.de

European Master in Labour Studies and Social Policy starts in Winter 2015.

The new double-degree program "European Master of Labour Studies and Social Policy"of the University of Bremen and the Università degli Studi di Milan starts in the winter semester 2015/2016. The program is integrated in the existing Master of Social Policy based at SOCIUM (formerly Centre for Social Policy Research). Based on existing cooperation in the MEST program ("Master Européen en Sciences du Travail"), the double-degree program offers an interdisciplinary education in the field of European industrial relations. As regards the contents of the program a particular emphasis will be laid on Italy and Germany. The students will study the first year at the University of Bremen, while the second year will be spent at the University of Milan.

The two Universities involved focus on their particular specializations. While the SOCIUM provides an emphasis on social policy issues, economic and sociological aspects are highlighted at the University of Milan in the second year. All courses will be taught in English.

Applications for the double-degree program from interested students from Germany will be taken until 15/07/2015.

Therefore a regular application for the Master of Social Policy and a special letter of motivation for the double-degree program is required. Furthermore, it is necessary to contact the coordinator of the program in advance: Anna Hokema.

Further information on the double-degree study program can be found on the Master Social Policy website.

Dr. Anna Hokema
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58570
E-Mail: anna.hokema@uni-bremen.de