Master Program:

Social Psychology
and Psychosocial Practice


The master program “Social psychology and psychosocial practice” at the Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna brings together social psychological theory, psychosocial practice, and scientific research and has been developed and is coordinated as a collective endeavor by Markus Brunner, Katharina Hametner, Markus Wrbouschek and me.

Students of this interdisciplinary program learn to understand the social, political, and economical conditions of their scholarly and practical work with special emphasis to the intersection of race, class, and gender. They are trained to critically interrogate the fundamental tenets of the institutions and professions they work in, to reflect upon their own position within complex relations, and to explore and realize agency within these structures in order to change them. Theoretical perspectives and research practices are taught in close relation to practical work in the psychosocial field.

  • Well-founded training in social psychology
  • Profound competences in psychological and psychosocial practice
  • Bridging individual and social dynamics in thought and action
  • Interlocking of theory and practice (psychosocial practice, everyday practice, politicizing of the personal)
  • Critique of power structures and inequalities in scientific and psychosocial practice
  • Historical contextualization with special emphasis on race, class, and gender
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches in both research and psychosocial practice
  • Reflection on one’s position within power structures
  • Engage critically with diverse theoretical and empirical social psychological approaches and to move competently within the academia
  • Interrogate the scientific, social, and practical relevance of psychological research
  • Reflect upon the possibilities and limits of disciplinary approaches and to work in a transdisciplinary fashion
  • Work in research teams and analyze their interpersonal dynamics
  • Reflect upon their own subjectivity and situatedness and to use it as a source of knowledge
  • Conceptualize and implement their own theoretical and empirical research
  • Further methodical and theoretical developments in their chosen field
  • Interrogate the social and institutional conditions of psychological and psychosocial work
  • Identify and bear the contradictions between individual agency and social conditions and to explore possibilities of agency
  • Reflect upon their own subjectivity and situtatedness in psychological and psychosocial practice and to use it as a source of agency
  • Acquire skills in intervision and the shared reflection of individual cases and situations
  • Work collectively in a team