Master

Social Economy and Social Work

part-time

Social transformation processes and changes also pose a major challenge for the social economy. Demographic change, the climate crisis, digitalization, migration movements, and advancing economization require complex strategies and specific approaches from social managers.

In this Master's degree program, you will acquire leadership and management skills to lead social organizations. You will strengthen your analytical skills for developing and implementing innovative concepts, for evaluating social services or for research and development projects. You benefit from an internationally oriented and practice-oriented program as well as from a joint degree of six European universities.

Department
Social Work
Topic
Quality of life
Networking

Highlights

  • Connection of current professional developments, social discourses and scientific findings

  • Annual Spring School on current topics in the social economy, social management and social work

  • International orientation and foreign mobility

  • Joint degree from six European universities

     

    Facts

    Final degree

    Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA)

    Duration of course
    4 Semesters
    Organisational form
    part-time

    tuition fee pro semester

    € 363,361

    + ÖH premium + contribution2

    ECTS
    120 ECTS
    Language of instruction
    German

    Application winter semester 2023/24

    1st January to 15th May 2023

    Study places

    49

    Location

    Kelsenstraße 23

    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)

    3 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.

    Before the studies

    Ideally, you come from a practical background in the social sector and are interested in the management of social economy organizations and the associated, diverse topics and fields of activity. You consider research-based knowledge and international networking to be important for developing innovative solutions to social problems. You would like to exchange ideas with experts from other European countries about current developments and learn from each other.

    Why you should study with us

    Unique in Europe

    Comprehensive and unique curriculum.

    Spot-on studying

    Continue your generalized basic education with very specific continuing education offers.

    Great network

    Our national and international network opens up perspectives and job opportunities after graduation.

    • Bachelor or similar qualification from an institute of higher education with a total of 180 ECTS credits or
      • Bachelor or diploma in social work from a university of applied sciences
      • Bachelor social management in early education and care
      • Bachelor or diploma in social sciences (e.g. political science, sociology, cultural and social anthropology, development studies, nursing science, mass media and communication science)
      • Bachelor or diploma in socioeconomics, economics, business administration
      • Bachelor or diploma in health care management
      • Bachelor or diploma in public management
      • Bachelor or diploma in educational science
      • Bachelor or diploma at a education academy / college of education
    • Diploma from an three-year academy of social work or
    • Equivalent certification from abroad
      Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
    • A German language diploma (at least level C1) is required if the university entrance qualification was not obtained in a German-speaking country or if no German-language university degree is held.
    • English language skills (B2)

    Regulation for the admission of third country citizens

    Information for applicants with non-Austrian (school) certificates

    You will need the following documents for your application:

    • signed printout of the online application (the form will be sent to you electronically after completion of the online application)
    • curriculum vitae
    • proof of academic admission requirements (diploma certificate)
    • proof of work experience in the social sector (confirmations from employers or insurance data extract)
    • proof of identity (passport or identity card)
    • proof of change of name, if applicable
    • language certifiate, if applicable
    • written statement (questions will be sent to you electronically after you have completed the online application)

    Your application is valid as soon as you have sent all required documents and certificates to the study program by post.

    The pplication deadline for the online application is May 15 (for the postal submission, the postmark of the next business day after the application deadline is accepted). Your application is valid as soon as all documents have been received.

    If any documents are missing at the time of your application (e.g. certificates), they can be submitted at the latest by the start of your studies.

    You will receive a confirmation as soon as your application documents are received. Your application documents will be evaluated after the application deadline. If the application is evaluated positively, you will be invited to an admission interview in June. The result of the admission process will be announced in July.

    Please inform us if you wish to withdraw your application. 

    Please note:

    It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session.

    The admission procedure is based on

    • the online application 
    • the submission of the complete application documents by postal mail
    • a written statement on the subject competence and informedness about the study program
    • a structured one-on-one interview

    The places are allocated on the basis of the ranking of the results in the admission procedure. Professional practice in the social sector will be taken into account.


    During the studies

    The program combines business know-how with the demands of a social economy organization. You benefit from research-based, practice-oriented expertise of the lecturers. The annual Spring School gives you insights into current topics and developments in the international environment.

    This master's program is the first European program for social economy and social work that concludes with a joint degree from several European universities. Courses in cooperation with the international joint degree partners increase the quality of the education. A two-week, mandatory study visit to a partner university from the joint degree network will expand your professional, linguistic and intercultural competencies. We live an intensive exchange with these partner universities:

    University Munich (Germany)

    University Silesia/Katowice (Poland)

    University Cluj-Napoca (Romänien) - Mobility Partner

    University Trnava (Slowak Republic)

    University Ostrava (Czech Republic)

    University Debrecen (Hungary)

    In addition to intensive international cooperation, we are networked throughout Austria with social sector organizations and research institutions. At the interface of research, practice and teaching, the Department Social Work has its own Competence Center for Social Work. You will also benefit from our cooperations with your Master's theses.

    Graduates of the Master's degree program

    • understand the social economy as a practical field with diverse conflicting areas,
    • manage social economy organizations and areas of responsibility in an operative manner,
    • manage social organizations strategically,
    • launch innovations in a sustainable manner,
    • conduct practice-oriented research to develop new solutions and concepts for the social economy and social work, and
    • learn self-management skills.

    To this end, you will acquire relevant specialist knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, adapted to the current needs of organizations in the social economy.

    Curriculum

    Introduction to Social Economy VO
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Introduction to Social Economy VO

    Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - social economy & social management: development, definition, delimitation
    - social economy in Austria: figures, data, tasks, types of organizations
    - nonprofit, lowprofit, profit in times of hybrid organizations
    - definition and characteristics of social services
    - social entrepreneurship, social business and social-economic enterprises as special organizational forms of the social economy
    - the economic concept in the social sector: effectiveness, efficiency, profitability,
    - the conflicting fields of economization
    - special features of the social market: business management vs. economic analysis
    - sustainability, innovation and digitalization as cross-cutting issues in social economy organizations
    - current developments/issues in the Austrian social economy

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    seminar paper, moodle test, individual assignments

    Teaching methods

    lecture, discussion, work assignments with peer feedback, research assignments, guest lectures

    Language

    German

    Research and Evaluation Design ILV
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Research and Evaluation Design ILV

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - assessment of the student's position (with regard to knowledge of scientific-empirical work)
    - detailed literature research strategies and techniques of scientific work
    - methodological and paradigmatic basics of reconstructive (qualitative), quantitative and triangulative (mixed method) data collection and evaluation methods
    - selected research approaches and sampling strategies
    - overview of evaluation approaches and social framework conditions of social science evaluation
    - complementary / related approaches: quality management
    - basics of planning and conducting evaluations
    - theory and methodology of impact analysis
    - social context of evaluations and the role of evaluators
    - limits and possibilities of different research designs

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    inputs by the instructor, reading and analysis of scientific literature, discussions, small group work, exercises to determine one's own competencies, distance exercises, analysis of practical case studies, presentations

    Language

    German

    Leadership and Self-Management SE
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Leadership and Self-Management SE

    Lector: FH-Hon.Prof. Mag.a (FH) Mag.a Dr.in Astrid Russ

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - Leadership 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and different leadership models
    - the role and tasks of managers, especially in the area of conflict between middle management and employees
    - leading employees - with a special focus on the topic of communication and conflict management
    - dealing with different stakeholders
    - leadership of employees
    - leadership skills
    - methods of self-management
    - practical examples
    - group building process phases
    - tasks and structures of cooperation in teams and small groups
    - learning processes in groups
    - information at the beginning of the Master's program

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    flipped classroom, lecture, group work, presentation, forum postings (e.g., peer feedback), plenary discussions

    Language

    German

    Organization SE
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Organization SE

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - characteristics, typologies and structures of organizations
    - tasks, goals and strategies in organizations
    - organizational cultures, organizational environments and stakeholders
    - classical and current organizational theories
    - formal and informal structures in organizations
    - organization/s of the social economy in selected EU countries
    - change in organizations
    - power in organizations
    - equal opportunities and diversity

    Assessment methods

    Final exam

    Teaching methods

    (guest) lectures, reading and processing of scientific literature, reflection on own experiences as a member in organizations, literature reflections, group work, plenary discussions, presentations

    Language

    German-English

    Quality Management ILV
    1.5 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Quality Management ILV

    Lector: Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA

    1.5 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - quality management terms
    - main concepts
    - design of quality in the social economy
    - relevance of leadership styles within quality management
    - discussion and application of key methods of quality management
    - historical development of Total Quality Management (TQM)
    - standards according to ISO 9000ff
    - European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM)
    - quality label for social integration enterprises
    - examples of quality standards of social economy organizations
    - examples of standards and models used in the social economy

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, presentation, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback), plenary discussions

    Language

    German

    Accounting in Social Economy ILV
    2.5 SWS
    5 ECTS

    Accounting in Social Economy ILV

    Lector: MMag. Sebastian Howorka

    2.5 SWS   5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - meaning and tasks of management accounting and its sub-areas as a source of information for operational control
    - basics and logic of cash accounting and double-entry bookkeeping
    - bookkeeping accounts, voucher systems and accounting cycle
    - accounting of typical running business cases from the social economy
    - entries in the annual financial statements, calculation of profit, preparation of a simple closing balance sheet
    - basic principles of the taxation of social economy organizations
    - basic principles of calculation and accounting of personnel expenses
    - financial statement analysis including performance indicators, interpreting the annual financial statements of social economy organizations

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    30% home assignments, 30% written examination, 40% final assignment in groups

    Teaching methods

    lecture, group exercises, discussion, work assignments with feedback, case studies and practical exercises, midterm exam, final assignment in groups

    Language

    German

    Social Work as Profession and Science ILV
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Social Work as Profession and Science ILV

    Lector: Ing. DSA Gerlinde Blemenschitz-Kramer, MA

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - the topic of Social Work
    - Social Work as a field of science
    - characteristics and specifics of professional help
    - disciplinary evolution and Social Work research
    - theoretical concepts of Social Work
    - fields of action and methods of Social Work
    - current developments in Social Work
    - past and present qualifications and education in Social Work in Austria

    Assessment methods

    Final exam

    Teaching methods

    flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, presentation, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback)

    Language

    German

    Handling Complexity ILV
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Handling Complexity ILV

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - concepts of complexity management in social economy organizations
    - assessment of the students' current position
    - defining goals for the further development of one's own research competence within the framework of the study program
    - defining goals for professional development and for positioning oneself as a leader
    - techniques of self-regulated writing
    - problem analysis and dealing with change under conditions of complexity
    - dealing with uncertainties

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    video inputs, guided online practice phase, instruction on and training in self-regulated, self-reflective reading and writing, peer feedback, discussion, and self-reflection

    Language

    German

    Impact Orientation SE
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Impact Orientation SE

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - definition of basic terms
    - development and analysis of impact goals and impact models in selected fields of action
    - critical reflection of selected approaches of impact orientation / impact analyses on the basis of examples (e.g. impact evaluation in comparison between quantitative and qualitative methods; social return on investment)
    - reflection on the interaction of impact-oriented practice with the professional development of social work as well as the management of social economy organizations

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    written reflection, term paper

    Teaching methods

    lecture, discussion, reading and processing of scientific literature, individual and group exercises, presentations, critical individual reflections

    Language

    German

    Civil and Corporate Law ILV
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Civil and Corporate Law ILV

    Lector: Dr.in Melanie Haberer

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Civil Law
    - contract law (warranty, contract rescission, etc.)
    - compensation for damages (also liability)
    - civil proceedings
    Corporate Law
    - application of the term "company" to non-profit organizations
    - important regulations of the Austrian Enterprise Code such as company name, company register, partnerships
    - legal basis of legal forms relevant for the social economy such as corporations, cooperatives and associations as well as their tax aspects
    - state aid, grants and subsidy agreements
    - basic principles of awarding public contracts (public procurement law)

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    written exam

    Teaching methods

    lecture, group work, discussion, e-learning work assignments with feedback/discussion in distance learning, case studies

    Language

    German

    Labor Law ILV
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Labor Law ILV

    Lector: Dr.in Melanie Haberer

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - collective and individual labor law including social law regulations
    - contents, conclusion, possibilities of dissolution, possibilities of limitation of an employment contract
    - statutory rights and obligations of employers and employees
    - basic principles of the Professional Education and Training Act
    - protection against dismissal and redundancy
    - employment of third-country nationals
    - equal treatment in the world of work
    - handling of case studies in dealing with employees (e.g. mobbing and harassment)

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    written exam

    Teaching methods

    lecture, group work, written paper, presentation, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback)

    Language

    German

    Management Control ILV
    2 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Management Control ILV

    Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

    2 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - basics of controlling (goals, tasks, role of controllers) and understanding of controlling in the social economy
    - focus and goals of operational and strategic controlling as well as performance and impact controlling in the social economy
    - controlling in interaction with other areas of internal and external accounting as well as at the interface to quality management
    - information provided by controlling
    - key figures and key figure systems (e.g. Balanced Scorecard) as central instruments of controlling
    - planning & coordination: goals and success parameters of social economy organizations, target/actual comparisons, variance analyses and forecasts
    - overview of the instruments of strategic controlling for the analysis of the organizational environment as well as the company and business unit level
    - instruments of operational controlling: cost type, cost center and cost unit accounting
    - contribution margin accounting
    - cost accounting as the basis for calculating the per hour rate, case or subject costs, consulting, accommodation or care costs
    - overview of qualitative and quantitative tools of personnel controlling
    - personnel cost planning

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    written final examination, seminar paper, case study

    Teaching methods

    lecture, group work, discussion, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, case studies, practical exercises

    Language

    German

    Research Topics SE
    0.5 SWS
    0.5 ECTS

    Research Topics SE

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, DIin Ursula Müllner, BEd, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

    0.5 SWS   0.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - presentation of possible research topics by instructors and opportunity for students to contribute their own projects
    - development of two alternative outlines for the master thesis
    - clarification of their knowledge and skills or learning needs in order to implement the project idea
    - selection of a topic and a supervising teacher

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    submission of two master's thesis outlines for the selection of a supervising teacher

    Teaching methods

    exchange platform for topics and supervision possibilities (large group moderation); drafting of two master's thesis topic outlines

    Language

    German

    Inclusion and Diversity ILV
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Inclusion and Diversity ILV

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - overview of the topic of inclusion and diversity for social economy organizations
    - analysis of exclusion and inclusion processes as well as of conditions of social (in)equality
    - elaboration of the concepts of inclusion, diversity, heterogeneity and intersectionality with reference to historical developments, legal foundations as well as political/societal forces driving inclusion and diversity
    - identify theoretical, societal and organizational approaches as well as design possibilities and their organizational translation into operational practices along selected diversity dimensions (age, disability, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and social class)
    - exploring context-sensitive concepts and measures of strategic inclusion and diversity management and translating them into own organizational action practices
    - activating the students' experiential and reflective knowledge as a central resource

    Assessment methods

    Final exam

    Teaching methods

    (guest) lectures on inclusion and diversity, reading and analysis of scientific literature, discussions, small group work, analysis of case studies from practice, analysis of documents from the practice of social economy organizations (mission statements, inclusion measures, diversity strategies...), presentations

    Language

    German

    Master Thesis Design ILV
    2 SWS
    3.5 ECTS

    Master Thesis Design ILV

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, Mag. Alfons Bauernfeind, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Dr. Barbara Schörner

    2 SWS   3.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - drafting of a rough concept for the master's thesis (under the guidance of the supervisors).
    - planning of a scientific thesis (research question, state of research, methodological approach, relevance, objective, interest in knowledge)
    - theory-based development of a research question
    - application-oriented research designs on socio-economic issues

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    input from the course instructor, group work, plenary discussions, work assignments with (peer) feedback

    Language

    German

    Human Resources Management ILV
    2 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Human Resources Management ILV

    Lector: Mag. Stephan Spatt

    2 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - competence management including personnel planning, recruitment and selection of personnel
    - personnel development
    - personnel assessment
    - personnel management as a strategic and operative management task (leadership, management concepts, communication processes, consolidation of selected focal points)

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    team teaching, flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, plenary discussions, presentation, forum posts (e.g. peer feedback).

    Language

    German

    Social Reporting and Social Planning ILV
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Social Reporting and Social Planning ILV

    Lector: Mag. Martin Kröß

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - definition and methodology for social reporting
    - definition and methodology of social planning
    - management cycle and classification of the instruments used
    - interrelationships: social reporting and social planning as well as problem definition and critical discussion
    - basics of social statistics and interpretation of indicators
    - most important data sources
    - interpretation of data and indicators as well as discussion of classical problems
    - basic statistical principles on which social reporting is based (aggregation, medians & averages, indices and ratios, etc.)
    - practical work with- care provision report, care service statistics and care reform
    - financial compensation talks between federal and state governments
    - social planning on refugee assistance, homeless assistance and work with the disabled

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    final written exam, written homework assignments

    Teaching methods

    lectures, discussion, distance exercises with feedback, group assignments

    Language

    German

    Social Marketing ILV
    2 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Social Marketing ILV

    Lector: DIin Ursula Müllner, BEd

    2 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - definition of marketing and professional classification
    - tasks and goals of marketing management in the social economy
    - marketing management process for social organizations
    - assessment of the situation & identification of relevant environmental factors
    - (social) market and service definition
    - market segmentation and positioning in social economy
    - definition and management of marketing goals
    - marketing strategies for different business models in the social economy
    - marketing financing

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    drafting of a social marketing plan

    Teaching methods

    group work, discussion, feedback, lecture with activating methods, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, practical exercises

    Language

    German

    Socio-political basics of the social economy ILV
    2 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Socio-political basics of the social economy ILV

    Lector: Dr. Stefan Angel

    2 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - basic concepts in social policy: goals, instruments, actors
    - the Austrian welfare state: design principles, development and current challenges
    - basic concepts in economic and social policy in the EU: structures, working methods, policymaking, EU multi-level policies
    - comparative social policy: types of welfare states in Europe
    - comparative social policy: case studies - social policy in other EU countries, contributions of foreign guest lecturers
    - social economy in the EU

    Assessment methods

    Final exam

    Teaching methods

    lecture, discussion, guest lectures

    Language

    German-English

    Spring School 1 ILV
    1.5 SWS
    2.5 ECTS

    Spring School 1 ILV

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Fabian Matthias Kos, BSc MA MA, DIin Ursula Müllner, BEd, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

    1.5 SWS   2.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    presentation and discussion of
    - current topics related to the social economy and social work with national and international relevance
    - national and international research results
    - best practice models from Austria and abroad
    - changing socio-political and legal framework conditions and their impact on the social economy and social work
    - innovative, alternative, sustainable social economy services and business models

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    reflection on the central findings and implications for one's own field of action

    Teaching methods

    lectures, group work, discussion, work assignments with (peer) feedback

    Language

    German-English

    Synthesis Workshop 1 SE
    0.5 SWS
    0.5 ECTS

    Synthesis Workshop 1 SE

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

    0.5 SWS   0.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - mapping the social economy
    - social management as a field of competence
    - tasks of a manager in different levels of the organization
    - individual positioning from the perspective of the study program

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    group work, discussion, work assignments with (peer) feedback

    Language

    German

    Empirical Research 1 ILV
    2.5 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Empirical Research 1 ILV

    2.5 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - qualitative and quantitative survey methods
    - access to the field
    - specification of sampling strategies
    - implementation and reflection of the surveys
    - data documentation and collection
    - reflection on these instruments for evaluations
    - view on evaluation methods

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    lecture, reading and analysis of scientific literature, peer group learning, discussions, small group work, processing of case studies from evaluation practice, processing and testing of empirical survey and evaluation methods, presentations

    Language

    German

    EU Funding SE
    1 SWS
    1.5 ECTS

    EU Funding SE

    1 SWS   1.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - policy fields and funding strategies of the European Union and instruments of their implementation
    - social Innovation and social entrepreneurship in the EU
    - EU structural funds (with focus on ESF and EFRE)
    - funding logics of the European Union
    - selected funding areas, priorities and action programs in the respective funding period
    - What can increase project chances?

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    theory inputs, exercises (group work), topic-guided subject research

    Language

    German-English

    Financing in Social Economy ILV
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Financing in Social Economy ILV

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - basics of financing in the social economy: tasks, functions, forms and sources
    - financial management: financial and liquidity planning, budgeting
    - forms and sources of public financing
    - forms and sources of classic private financing for the social economy
    - forms and sources of alternative financing for the social economy
    - development and presentation of a financing concept by the students
    - basic principles of financial negotiations

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    written exam

    Teaching methods

    lecture, group work, discussion, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, case studies, practical exercises

    Language

    German

    Innovation Management SE
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Innovation Management SE

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - models and principles of change
    - change design and change architecture
    - psychology and organizational logic of change
    - principles and concepts of social innovation
    - innovation in the public sector, nonprofit and service sectors
    - innovation and its management of change in the social economy

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, presentation, plenary discussions, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback)

    Language

    German

    Intercultural Project in Social Economy ILV
    3.5 SWS
    7 ECTS

    Intercultural Project in Social Economy ILV

    3.5 SWS   7 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - overview of social policy and the social security system in the respective host country
    - social economy, social work and the social sector in the respective host country
    - learning about selected examples of social economy organizations in the respective host country
    - development and presentation of a project concept (with EU funding) for a social economy organization
    All content is taught and delivered at one of the joint degree partner universities. Language: English or language of the host country

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    Reading and analysis of scientific literature
    international student mobility: learning and experiencing in and with the practice, (guest) lectures, visiting institutions of social economy and social work in countries of the joint degree network, case work, group work in intercultural and international teams, presentations, peer exchange

    Language

    English

    Master‘s Thesis Part 1 MT
    2 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Master‘s Thesis Part 1 MT

    2 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - development and elaboration of the research design in the form of an exposé for the master's thesis
    - presentation, reflection and discussion of the individual work and its intermediate steps in a conductive collegial setting (master thesis coaching), which is jointly designed by teachers and students
    - reflection on the chosen sampling strategies, access to the field, survey instruments
    - quality criteria and ethical aspects of empirical studies
    - techniques of critical and self-regulated reading and writing
    - cross-references to professional fields of action

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    exposé of the master thesis

    Teaching methods

    group work, discussion, expert input, work assignments with (peer) feedback

    Language

    German

    Sustainability Management and Green Controlling ILV
    2 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Sustainability Management and Green Controlling ILV

    2 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - sustainability discourse since the 1970s (from the Club of Rome to the SDGs)
    - differentiation between sustainability management and corporate social responsibility
    - different perspectives of sustainability in the social economy
    - shifting away from the growth dogma
    - overview of alternative economic and social concepts
    - sustainability models: from the pillar, intersection and priority model to the Donat economy
    - the three dimensions of sustainability from the perspective of the social economy: ecological, social and economic sustainability
    - sustainability management: model, strategy, implementation in the social economy
    - from materiality analysis to sustainability goals
    - overview of various sustainability management tools
    - green controlling in the social economy: possibilities and benefits
    - sustainability reporting and the benefits of various standards and reporting templates

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    seminar paper, case study

    Teaching methods

    lecture, group work, discussion, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, case studies, practical exercises, business game

    Language

    German-English

    Public Relations SE
    1.5 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Public Relations SE

    1.5 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - text optimization and image design for various communication tools
    - presentation technique
    - PR concept creation and success control
    - important parameters of website design
    - social media in the social economy
    - media relations
    - event planning for social economy organizations
    - crisis PR in the area of conflict between clients, the public and politics

    Assessment methods

    Final exam

    Teaching methods

    lecture, group work, discussion, peer feedback on group work results, practical exercises

    Language

    German

    Project Management SE
    1 SWS
    1.5 ECTS

    Project Management SE

    1 SWS   1.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - What is a project?
    - managing projects
    - defining project goals and project target groups
    - preparation phase: project rough planning
    - project start-up phase and implementation: getting the project "on track"
    - monitoring project success: project risks, project controlling
    - project communication
    - project documentation, project manual
    - overview of the most important methods and tools for an (international) project in the social economy
    - project management keywords in English

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    flipped classroom, lecture, group work, presentation, topic-guided subject research, forum postings (e.g. peer feedback).

    Language

    German-English

    Empirical Research 2 UE
    1.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Empirical Research 2 UE

    1.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - qualitative and quantitative (via SPSS) evaluation methods
    - interpretation of results and reaching conclusions
    - testing, applying and deepening empirical survey and evaluation methods
    - reflection of these instruments for evaluations
    - reflection on evaluation between scientific quality criteria and specific requirements of practice
    - discussion of empirical methods under theoretical and method-critical aspects

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    working on case studies

    Teaching methods

    independent testing of empirical survey and evaluation methods, peer group learning, discussions, small group work, working on case studies from evaluation practice

    Language

    German

    Master‘s Thesis Part 2 MT
    1 SWS
    16 ECTS

    Master‘s Thesis Part 2 MT

    1 SWS   16 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - main focus: qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
    - interpretation of results and reaching conclusions
    - discussion of the results under theoretical and methodological critical aspects
    - revising text modules and working out the final version of the master thesis
    - peer group learning and collegial exchange using the example of different papers

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    submission of the master thesis

    Teaching methods

    group work, discussion, expert input, work assignments with (peer) feedback

    Language

    German

    Master's Examination AP
    0 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Master's Examination AP

    0 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Commissioned examination before a board of examiners in the relevant subject area:
    - presentation of the master thesis
    - examination interview about the master thesis as well as its cross connections to relevant subjects of the curriculum as well as other study-relevant contents

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    final commission examination

    Teaching methods

    commission examination

    Language

    German

    Spring School 2 ILV
    1.5 SWS
    2.5 ECTS

    Spring School 2 ILV

    1.5 SWS   2.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    presentation and discussion of
    - current topics related to the social economy and social work with national and international relevance
    - national and international research results
    - best practice models from Austria and abroad
    - changing socio-political and legal framework conditions and their impact on the social economy and social work
    - innovative, alternative, sustainable social economy services and business models

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    reflection on the central findings and implications for one's own field of action

    Teaching methods

    lectures, group work, discussion, work assignments with (peer) feedback

    Language

    German-English

    Strategic Company Management SE
    2.5 SWS
    4 ECTS

    Strategic Company Management SE

    2.5 SWS   4 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - basic aspects of management and strategy (necessities and goals, etc.)
    - concepts and models of management and strategy (normative, strategic and operational level, decision and goal etc.)
    - processes and perspectives of management and strategy (management cycle, strategy development)
    - techniques and tools of management and strategy (sector analysis, company analysis, portfolio analysis, SWOT etc.) and their application in social economy
    - personnel aspects of management and strategy in NPOs (characteristics and individual tasks such as maintaining contacts, etc.)
    - strategic management, leadership and corporate culture, meaning and interaction in NPOs
    - current issues in strategic management of a social economy organization in the form of a business game

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    flipped classroom, lecture, group work, business game, presentation, forum contributions

    Language

    German

    Synthesis Workshop 2 SE
    0.5 SWS
    0.5 ECTS

    Synthesis Workshop 2 SE

    0.5 SWS   0.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - strategy options in the social economy
    - review of the analytical instruments from the different courses
    - reflection of the operational use in specific fields of action

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    group work, discussion, work assignments with (peer) feedback

    Language

    German

    Number of teaching weeks
    14 per semester

    Times
    Every three to four weeks Thu. to Sat. 9.45 a.m. to 5.15 p.m., with accompanying distance learning

    Electives
    Selection and participation according to available places. There may be separate admission procedures.

    For a joint degree (based on § 3 Section 2 Subsection 10 FHStG) you have to acquire at least 30 ECTS credits under the responsibility of our partner universities.

    • You will discuss current topics of social economy and social work at the Spring School 1 and 2 at the FH Campus Wien.
    • You will complete the module Social Economy and Social Work in Europe under the responsibility of a partner university abroad.
    • You will benefit from selected courses taught jointly together with a guest lecturer from a partner university.
    • Involvement of the partner universities in the degree completion (assessment of the master's thesis and master's examination).

    After graduation

    As a graduate of this program, a wide range of professional fields and career opportunities are open to you. Find out where your path can lead you.

    Organizations offering social services are challenged to guarantee optimal service quality for their respective target groups on the basis of limited financial resources. As a graduate of this Master's degree program, you will plan and design the necessary framework conditions.

    This will open up various professional positions and functions in nonprofit and forprofit organizations.

    • Managing directors, management, foundation of social-economic organizations (associations, gGmbHs, cooperatives), social-economic enterprises or social business

    • Management of (specialized) areas, departments, (international) projects, social and neighborhood centers, educational institutions, kindergartens, day care centers, residential homes, emergency shelters, counseling centers, outpatient services, areas of public administration, ...

      • Management/cooperation in administrative departments (marketing, fundraising, human resources management and development, quality management, innovation departments, policy departments, gender, diversity & inclusion departments)

      • Teaching and scientific work on research projects in research institutes or universities

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        Pilot project on Sustainability

        The European Master's program in Social Economy and Social Work at the FH Campus Wien focuses on sustainability management in the social economy with an international teaching project.

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        Networking with graduates and organizations

        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 and social economy 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!


        Contact

        Head of Degree Program

        Secretary's office

        Mag. Mag. Catharina Peric

        Kelsenstraße 2, S.4.25
        1030 Vienna
        +43 1 606 68 77-3200
        +43 1 606 68 77-3209
        sowosec@fh-campuswien.ac.at

        Map of Kelsenstraße 2 (Google Maps)

        Office hours
        by appointment

        Activities in Research & Development

        The research activities of the program deal with current topics in the social economy: inclusion and diversity, areas of tension in social economy organizations, forms of participation (innovative tools, creative processes), impact orientation, sustainability management, solidarity economy and cooperatives.


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