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Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts (BIGSSS), PhD

Constructor University, Germany

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About Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts (BIGSSS), PhD - at Constructor University

Research in this program falls into three groups:

  • Global societal changes and individuals' changing self-concepts, attitudes, behaviors, and values — all of which shape interactions between individuals and individuals' life courses.
  • Current demographic trends, changing labor markets, and changing social welfare regimes as well as individuals' educational and work biographies
  • The demands and opportunities in changing modern societies and the (re-)organization as well as stability of living arrangements and family relationships, accompanied by changing gender-related attitudes, values, life priorities, and life plans.

To understand changing patterns of societal integration, we have to analyze the complex interplay of social structures, culture, and individuals' attitudes and behaviors across time. This means to examine the changing dynamics of individual lives against a backdrop of political and social integration. Within Field C, this is done by looking at the interplay of individual attitudes, capabilities, and behavior and changing demographics, social structures, cultures, and institutions. This study of macro-micro interrelations requires dynamic individual-level analyses, embedded in multi-level models of social processes. Advanced sociological life-course and psychological lifespan research are powerful approaches to achieve this goal.

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Constructor University

All students are automatically considered for an academic achievement scholarship of € 4,000, 6,000, or 8,000 based on their high school GPA. There is no additional application, and over 70% of admitted students earn one of these scholarships.

EU citizens receive a guaranteed € 4,000 scholarship.

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Lynn from Kenya (Earth and Environmental Sciences '21)

My overall experience at Constructor University has exceeded my expectations! Having all these great connections with people from all over the world is a constant reminder of the privilege that Constructor University has afforded me. Our education is directly linked to us wanting to make a positive impact in this world! I truly do look and think about my future in positive light due to the experiences that I have had on this campus! 


Juan from Ecuador (Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology '23)

Constructor University is the perfect place for eager learners, every day you get to learn something new. Besides having devoted and experienced professors, you get to know unique individuals that you can share amazing perspectives, great stories and become close friends with. This community makes you grow and reminds you to keep yourself up despite the difficulties.


Emilia from Germany (Integrated Social Sciences, now Society, Media, and Politics '21)

Bremen is my home town and the city I spend 17 years living and growing from and with it. Studying at Constructor University gave me the chance to show friends from all over the world beautiful places in Bremen and their surroundings they have never seen before. From my own experiences, I enjoyed, in my 2 years of traveling after high school, the contact with locals, and the authenticity you get to explore. Constructor University is the perfect place to meet open-minded people that are aiming memories you will never forget.

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