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Ambition and aspiration as drivers of social inequality? - Einzelansicht

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Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer 423911
SWS 2 Semester SoSe 2024
Einrichtung Sozialwissenschaften   Sprache englisch
Belegungsfrist 02.04.2024 - 10.05.2024   
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Seminar Mi 12:00 bis 14:00 wöchentlich 10.04.2024 bis 17.07.2024  3.06.S25 Prof. Dr. Hipp  

Ambition and aspirations, i.e., the desire and determination to reach a particular goal and achieve something significant, is an important driver for success, personal achievement, and recognition. Ambition and aspirations therefore are major drivers of individuals’ professional success and organizations’ economic well-being. Is the lack of ambition and aspirations hence also is a potential driver of social inequality? With the entrance of cohorts born after the mid-1990s into the labor force an ”end of ambition” has been diagnosed. Millenials and GenZers are commonly stereotyped as lazy and quiet quitters, who only value their work-life balance and to not contribute sufficiently to organizations economic well-being. Likewise, women seem to not want to ”lean in”, shy away from leadership positions, and instead prefer to have jobs that are easily compatible with family responsibility. Similar assessments have also been made for individuals with low education and low social class background. The aim of this research-focused MA class is to understand whether, to what extent, and why different socio-demographic groups vary in their levels of ambition and types of aspirations. In addition to improving participants’ conceptual knowledge about the vaguely-defined terms ”ambition” and ”aspirations”, they will also gain a deeper understanding of the methodological challenges associated with operationalizing these constructs and measuring both the antecedents and consequences of ambition and aspirations.


Active course participation (prepration and handling of one seminar session) and term paper of 12-15 pages.


Advanced MA students

Die Veranstaltung wurde 5 mal im Vorlesungsverzeichnis SoSe 2024 gefunden:
Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Master of Arts
Soziologie (Prüfungsversion ab WiSe 2020/21)
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MWMSOZ70 - Spezialisierungsmodul  - - - 2 offens Buch
Politikwissenschaft (Prüfungsversion ab WiSe 2016/17)
Wahlbereich I
MWMSOZ61 - Sozialstrukturen moderner Gesellschaften  - - - 3 offens Buch
Soziologie (Prüfungsversion ab WiSe 2014/15)
MWMSOZ61 - Sozialstruktur moderner Gesellschaften  - - - 4 offens Buch
Master Lehramt
Politische Bildung (Prüfungsversion ab WiSe 2021/22)
Sekundarstufe II
MWMSOZ60 - Soziale Differenzierung, Ungleichheit, Migration  - - - 5 offens Buch