European Master, part-time
The social, political and sociopolitical and economic changes pose the social sector with major challenges. Innovative concepts make it possible to optimize the conditions in order to provide quality social services. In this European degree program you will be awarded a "joint degree" from seven European universities. In addition to scientific skills you will acquire the management skills to be able to lead organizations in the social sector. As a graduate you will be able to analyze sociopolitical and economic developments at a national and European level.
Mag.a Mag.a Catharina Peric Kelsenstraße 2, S.4.25 1030 Vienna T: +43 1 606 68 77-3200 F: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Application period for academic year 2022/23
1st January to 15th May 2022
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
Ideally you already work in the social sector and are interested in cost management, financial accounting, social marketing, project management, personnel management, assessment and economic evaluation of social work as well as founding businesses. You consider research and international networking important in order to develop innovative solutions to social problems. You would you like to exchange knowledge about transnational developments with experts from other European countries and learn from each other. Therefore you want to expand your intercultural skills and are open for future cross-border cooperation in the social sector.
The European master's degree program is offered in cooperation with six European universities and concludes with a joint degree from these universities. The University of Poitiers in cooperation with IRTS (France) and the University of Applied Sciences of Central Switzerland / Lucerne University were also involved in the development of the program.
University Munich (Germany)
University Silesia/Katowice (Poland)
University Cluj-Napoca (Romänien)
University Trnava (Slowac Republic)
University Ostrava (Czech Republic)
University Debrecen (Hungary)
In addition to this intensive international cooperation, we work closely with organizations from the social sector and research institutions throughout Austria. At the Department of Social Work we have our own Competence Center for Social Work which acts as an interface between research, practice and teaching. You will also benefit from our partnerships when writing your master's thesis.
This master's degree program is the first European degree program for social economy and social work in which students are awarded a joint degree from several European universities. The degree program has an international and European focus. Modules and courses developed together with an international team increase the quality of the program. During a two-week, mandatory study period at a partner university from the joint degree network, you will deepen your professional, language and intercultural skills.You will develop a project there as part of the intercultural project management. The main focus of the program is learning to recognize European trends in social policy and the social sector and to initiate innovative solutions to social problems.
Students will acquire the know-how necessary for the planning, organization, control and leadership of organizations in the social sector.
Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek
- Social Economy & Social Management: evolution, definition, boundaries - Social Economy in Austria - Nonprofit, Lowprofit and Profit Organizations in times of hybrid organizations - Social Services: service management, development of new services, new offers at the interface of the social sector and other disciplins - How to act economically in the the Social Sector: effectiveness, efficiency, economisation - Economics versus Business Administration - Impact orientation in the Social Sector - Trends in the Social Economy
55% position paper (including peer feedback) 30% moodle-test 20% research work about a social economy organization
combination of presentations, case studies, individual work and discussions
Lector: Corinna Ladinig, MBA, Mag.a (FH) Mag.a Astrid Russ
self reflexion on own group behaviour and motivation Creating a group feeling, that helps forming a positiv working atmosphere Inputs on group processes
presence, if not present a written homework
Group discussions Reflexion methods constellation work inputs
Lector: MMag. Sebastian Howorka
- Definition and areas of business accounting, the relevance of accounting as source of information for organizational governance; - Basics and logics of cash-accounting; - Basics and logics of double entry bookkeeping; - Logics and structure of a chart of accounts; - Logics and structure of journals, cash-books and other books; - Documents and accounting circuits; - Capturing and accounting for typical business cases in the social economy; - Dealing with value added taxes (VAT); - Preparing a simple financial statement: opening, booking and striking a balance sheet.
final exam 55%, individual assignments 45%
During the course units: Lectures, practical examples, sample calculations, discussion and feedback. Home Assignments: Reading assignments, individual written assignments, exploration tasks. After each course a volontary tutorial can be attended in order to recapitulate and deepen the topics of the unit.
Lector: Mag. Stephan Spatt
Especially in service organizations, which include most social organizations Human Resources is called the most important factor for success. Because organizations itself do not offer their services, but all of the participating employees. To build the competence of staff and develop appropriate personnel development is required. Competence Management is introduced in many organizations to bring all these processes together. The second part of the seminar deals with all aspects of leadership.
The successful completion of the course requires the continuous presence in the seminar and active participation. The course grade is made up of the performance of the exam at the end of the semester, the timely answers to the questions via Moodle.
Discussion of reading material in the seminar and critical consideration and discussion of different approaches on the basis of practical examples. Smaller exercises between the units should promote practice-oriented content development.
Lector: Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA
> Concept of Quality Management > ISO 9000ff and EFQM Exellence > Seal of Quality and standards of quality assurance in social Enterprises
> e-learning tasks > final test
> lectures of the specific theorie > e-learing tasks > group work > Discussions
Lector: Ing. DSA Gerlinde Blemenschitz-Kramer, MA
- the Topic Social Work (as profession and discipline) - Social Work as a Science of Acting - characteristics and specifica of professionell Support - the development of the discipline Social Work and Research - selected theoretical models/approaches in Social Work - fields of Social Work - Overview about Social work methods in Social Work
- presentation and handout - written paper
- Theoretical inputs - Group work in small groups - Students‘ presentations - Discussions
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA
The integrated lecture teaches methodological and paradigmatic basics of qualitative and quantitative research. The research process is explained along the main phases. A selection of qualitative and quantitative research approaches as well as typical procedures and conceptual elements (e.g. sampling strategies, methods of investigation and analysis) are presented in order to conceive limits and possibilities of qualitative and quantitative methods, quality criteria and ethical aspects for empirical studies. The course also provides techniques of scientific work (e.g. literature research, methods of reading, writing and giving feedback) and discusses characteristics of scientific papers and text types. Examples of applied research are used referring to the field of social work and social services / economy, in particular master theses of the study program.
written self-evaluation exam, distance learning, active participation
Input of teachers and exercises provide the chance to sharpen perception and to sensitize students to different aspects of empirical research within social economy. Distance learning exercises are given between the courses via e-learning platform Moodle.
Lector: Dr.in Gabriele Vana-Kowarzik
Collective and individual labour right including sociolegal regulations Contents, signing and termination of employment contracts Legal duties and rights of employers and employees Protection against redundancy and dismissal Non-discrimination
written exam, contribution during e-learning periods
e-learning,self study.attendance periods with case studies
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr
- Def. Organization, organisational structure - Organisational theories - Organigram, tasks in organizations - Organisational culture - Targets and strategies of organizations - Organisational environment - Change in organization - power in organizations - Equality and Diversity
- written exam - e-learning exercise (Moodle)
- Theoretical Inputs - e-learning-exercise (Moodle) - Group work - Thematical discussion - Guest lecturer
expenses and income in NPO; personell expenses; taxes: income tax, corporate tax, value added, social security costs; annual financiall statement; system of key performance indicators
group work (report) 60%, individual work 40%
presentation, case studies, group work, individual work, discussions
- controlling: definition, role of the controller, controlling cycle - the understanding of controlling in the social economy - strategic and operational controlling - cost accounting, importance for the social economy - calculation tools for the social economy - impact assessment & SROI - Balanced Scorecord - key performance indicators - personnel controlling
Seminar paper 60% Individual moodle work 40%
Theoretical input, case studies, discussion, group work, individual work, presentation
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek, FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer
- Presentation of research results and discussion of current topics concerning Social Economy, Social Work and Social Politics (with national and international relevance) - SS 2021: Topic: "Potentials of COOPERATIVES in Social Economy" - social science compartive aspects concerning Social Economy, Social Work and Social Politics (on the national and regional Level as well as case-specific) - Presentation and discussion of "best practice"-models
- Students will be informed in the first lecture.
- Key notes - Group work - Workshops - Plenary discussion
• basics of civil law (contruct law, right to compensation, civil proceedings ) and corporate law (NGOs as companies, Corporate Code, Association law, legal framework for corporations, cooperatives, non-profit foundations, funds, liability of management) • relation between public law (administration, public services, outsourcing to private companies) and private law (management, administration, carrying out public duties), corporation models like PPP (public-private partnership) • basics of public subsidies, grant agreements, service directive, federal procurement law
• e-learning tasks • written exam
• discussion of the basics in the presence sessions • detailed study of the topics in distance learning sessions
Corporate Finance - Functions, tasks and goals of financing organisations (with focus on social enterprises) - Taxonomy of forms of financing - Sources of Finance - Classic forms of financing - Alternative forms of financing for social enterprises Financial Management - Goals of finance and investment - KPIs (rentabilty, liquidity) - Forms and approaches of Financial Planning Public Finance - Service Agreements - Public promotions and aids Private Finance - Loans - Leasing and Provider Loans - Investments - Foundations - Crowdfunding - Donations - Sponsoring - CSR - Social Impact Bonds Internal Financing - Functions of equity
55% presentation and written thesis of a financing concept for a concrete project in groups of 5 (consid-ered as “final exam”) 35% individual thesis about one type of financing 10% presentation of the elaborated type of financing
During the course units: Lectures, practical examples, sample calculations, presentations by the stu-dents, discussion and feedback. Home Assignments: Reading assignments, individual thesis (explain one type of financing), written group thesis (work out a financing concept for a concrete project), financing pitch based on that thesis.
• Presentation of research topics by lecturers • Clarification or development of a project idea • Clarification of previous knowledge and abilities resp. the need for education for the realisation of the project idea • Selection of a topic and a supervisor
Introduction and “market place” for direct contact with potential supervisors of the own master thesis
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., Dr. Barbara Schörner
• Elaboration of a rough concept for the master thesis (under guidance of the supervisor) • Planning of the own master thesis (research question, current state of research, methodological approach, relevance, aim, objective) • Theory-driven development of a research question • Application-oriented research designs in social economy
distance learning active participation final exam
Input of teachers and exercises provide the chance to sharpen perception and to sensitize students to different aspects of empirical research on the social economy. Distance learning exercises are given between the courses via e-learning platform Moodle.
- Model and principles of change - Innovation in the public sector - Innovation in the social economy and social work - Principles and concepts of social innovation - Innovation in the public sector, NPO and service sector - Innovation in the social economy and social work - Change design and change architecture - Models and principles of change - Psychology and organizational logic of change
- Peer feedback - Oral participation, discussion and group work - Final paper
- Presentation - Literature - Theory - Case studies - Discussions - Scientific writing
Lector: Mag. Martin Kröß
- Theoretical basics: social planning and social reporting and their relationship - Basics of social statistics and interpretation of indicators - Different types of social reporting (practical examples and comparing of differences and similarities) - Further questions and (qualitative) studies in the framework of social reporting (practical examples) - Issues and challenges for social planning (assumptions and scenarios, practical examples)
- Task in connection with distance learning - Written exam
- Lecture and joint discussion of practical examples - research - Task in connection with distance learning
Lector: Dr. Stefan Angel
- Principles of Social Policy Analysis and Social Policymaking - The Austrian Welfare State - Social Policy in the EU - Introduction to "Politikfeldanalyse" and "EU-Mehrebenen-Analyse" - Comparative Social Policy and Welfare State Regimes - Comparative Social Policy: Case Studies (SK/HU), guest lecturer - Social Economy in the EU
term paper, comments on moodle
lectures, discussion, group work, comments on moodle
Students spend a period of two weeks abroad. The following contents are offered at one of the Joint Degree partner universities: - Overview about social politics and the system of social welfare in the host country - Social Economy, Social Work and the social sector in the host country - Visits of local social organizations - Conception and presentation of an EU-project for a social economy organization Language: English or language of the host country
presence, final presentation
Lectures, Group Work, Project Coaching, Presentation
Lector: Mag. Dr. Michael Glawar, Dr.phil. Mag.phil. Maria Rainer
intercultural aspects of foreign language communication; Preparation for intercultural learning, exchange of intercultural experiences Company presentation (PowerPoint) Short biography
active class participation, homework
interactive teaching approaches; CLT; genre-approach in EAP
This course prepares for the study stay abroad and provides an overview of project management.
readings, active participation in the discussion
theoretical inputs, processing of literature, discussion, application
Lector: Mag. Ina Tschabuschnig, MAS, Andreas Zembaty
the importance of marketing, services marketing and social marketing in non-profit and social economic organisations marketing as management and leadership tool marketing instruments and their implementation specific demands of marketing in social economic organisations
final paper (subject: Marketing plan)
heoretical and practical input by lecturer working through the required reading by students (basic literature) research in a social economic organisation and conception of a marketing plan (example of social marketing in an organisation) individual and group work, presentation and discussion in the plenary
Using English for academic purposes, Text analysis
Active class participation, homework
Interactive teaching approaches Genre-Approach: English for Academic Purposes
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., MSc, Dr. Barbara Schörner
The focus is on the development of qualitative and quantitative survey instruments, access to the field, specification of sampling strategies, implementation of and reflection on surveys, and the documentation and recording of data. Evaluation and analysis methods are considered as well.
term paper, presence and distance learning exercises, tutorials / case studies, active participation in class
Peer group learning and exchange between students are supplemented by feedback from lecturers. Between course blocks, distance learning exercises take place through the e-learning platform "Moodle". A productive learning environment is created, which enables not only progress with one's own master's dissertation, but also the application of the exercises independent of the empirical design of the master's dissertation.
- The logic of the European Union (incuding specific cross sectional topics) - Owerview of selected EU-programs
theoretical input exercises (Group work) technical discourse
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA, MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., MSc, Dipl.-Ing. Ursula Müllner, BEd, Dr. Barbara Schörner, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek
- Presentation of the exposé and of intermediate results of the Master thesis, - discussion of topics, - formulation of research issues, - analyzis of research methods, - counselling concerning next work-steps
oral: - successful presentation of the exposé and written: - Uploading of the exposé and submitting the (working) title of the master thesis until 8th December 2020 (Portal for students)
The students - present, discuss and reflect the Status Quo of their Master thesis and prepare questions along the research process and - discuss the Master thesis of colleagues in different stages of their thesis and give a constructive feedback as important hints for the next working-steps. The lecturers - discuss together with the students parts or aspects of their Master thesis (in different stages) and give a constructive feedback as valueable hints for the next working-steps.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner
During the course we get to know and discuss various evaluation methods and designs with particular emphasis on impact evaluation. We also focus on discussing and learning from existing practice (case studies of social economy).
term paper, distance exercises, active participation in class
lectures, discussion individual or group work presentations critical individual reflections
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Ursula Müllner, BEd
• founding of a company: principial questions, risks, opportunities, first steps • how to develop a business plan • business model • business financing options for social business • austrian funding agencies • strategic marketing
online test for entrepreneurs 25% written paper (group work) business model social businss 75%
theoretical inputs, group work, case studies, discussions, individual work
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., MSc, Dr. Barbara Schörner
The cours carries forward "Applied Empirical Research" of the 3rd term. The focus is on analysis methods and the finalisation of the master thesis.
2 parts: 1. giving and getting feedback, polishing a text; 2. interpretation of SPSS-Outputs; presence learning exercises, active participation in class
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer
The final Master Thesis demonstrates the ability of the student to work autonomously along a research question or problem concerning Social Economy and/or Social Work. The work on the Master thesis happens mainly in the 3rd and 4th Semester. The student gets coaching from their supervisor during this process.
- first assessment from the supervisor of the thesis - second assessment from the (external) second assessor
autonomous work and coaching by the supervisor
- Presentation of research results and discussion of current topics concerning Social Economy, Social Work and Social Politics (with national and international relevance) - SS 2020: Topic: "Potentials of COOPERATIVES in Social Economy" - social science compartive aspects concerning Social Economy, Social Work and Social Politics (on the national and regional level as well as case-specific) - Presentation and discussion of "best practice"-models
Leadership 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0; management theories Leadership competences; Role and tasks of managers, especially middle management; particular focus on decision making;
tasks, presentations, case studies
Lecture, group work, practical examples
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA, Dr. Barbara Schörner, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek, FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer
Presentation of the Status Quo as well as the intermediate results of the Master thesis, - discussion and counselling concerning the next work-steps
oral: successful presentation of the Status Quo and intermediate results of the Master thesis
Students - present, discuss and reflect the Status Quo of their Master thesis and prepare questions along the research process and - discuss the Master thesis of colleagues in different stages of their thesis and give a constructive feedback as important hints for the next working-steps. Lecturers - discuss together with students parts or aspects of their Master thesis (in different stages) and give a constructive feedback as valueable hints for the next working-steps.
Lector: Andreas Zembaty
Social work's aim is to change. Its central theme: to identify reasons for social misery and to treat them in a public discourse. Its key requirements are effective strategies to gain influence on the public opinion and beyond that also on politics. Demonstration of expert knowledge in this discourse does not only mean to reduce oneself to case work. Cross-relations need to be explained, possibilities for changes have to be pointed out. This can only be achieved by successfully aligning synchronized procedures within the organisation, which you as part of the management are responsible for.These strategies are part of the content of this teaching, whose main focus lies on media relations (in its central position among PR). Furthermore topics like crisis public relations, improvement of presentational- and campaigning skills will be discussed.
participation in class (10%) research work (20%) essay on a subject-specific academic text (70%)
Lecture, work in small groups, discussion in plenum
Lector: Mag.a (FH) Mag.a Astrid Russ
– basic aspects of management, strategy and controlling (nesessity, objectives, etc.) – concepts and modell of management, strategy and controlling (normativ, strategic, operativ level, decision and objective) – process and perspectives of management, strategy and controlling (managementprocess-cycle, controllingcircle, strategy development) – technics, tools and instruments of management, strategy and controlling (Porter 5 Forces, ressource-based analysis, portfolios, etc.) – personal aspects of management, strategy and controlling (personal characteristics, individual tasks like networking, etc.) – contexts of management (Strategy, Controlling, NPO, specifics of social services and their planning)
final presentation / attendance and active cooperation / seminar paper
lecture, self-study, groupwork
To earn a joint degree (based on § 3 Section 2 Subsection 10 FHStG) you must obtain at least 30 ECTS credits from our partner universities abroad.
The current economic situation makes both public funding as well as funding through donations difficult. This development provides people with social work and economic qualifications good career opportunities in a variety of professional fields:
> Bachelor or diploma in social work from a university of applied sciences> Bachelor or diploma in social sciences (e.g. political science, sociology, cultural and social anthropology, development studies, nursing science etc.)> Bachelor or diploma in educational science and philosophy> Bachelor or diploma in psychology > Bachelor or diploma at a education academy / college of education
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
To apply you will require the following documents:
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
Perhaps your qualifications exceed our admission requirements, you are interested in the possibility of joining the program at a higher semester or you hold a degree from a university abroad?
For more information, please refer to the sections on validation and shortening programs.
The admission procedure consists of an interview with the admission committee. Professional qualifications will be considered positively when awarding study places. Upon completing the admission procedure, the students will be divided into two groups. You should keep the dates free for both groups until the program begins.
Head of Degree Program Social Economy and Social Work T: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
Office hours by appointment
New study location as of 12th July 2021: As of 12th July 2021, all study programs of the Department of Social Work (Secretary's office, offices, teaching rooms) will be located at Kelsenstraße 2, 1030 Vienna. All teaching activities will take place at this location from winter semester 2021/22.
We work closely with numerous organizations in the social and public sectors, universities and research institutes. Our close cooperation with work placements in social work guarantees you strong contacts for your professional career or participation in research and development activities. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!
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