Social Economy and Social Work

 

Social Economy and Social Work

European Master, part-time

Overview

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.

Contact us

Contact us!

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 77-3209
sowosec@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Map of Kelsenstraße 2 (Google Maps)


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Duration of course
4 Semester
Organisational form
part-time
120ECTS
Language of instruction German
49Study places
Final degree
Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA)

Application period for academic year 2021/22

1st January to 15th May 2021

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,361

+ 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)

What you can offer

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.

What we offer you

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.

What makes this degree program special

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.


What you will learn in the degree program

Students will acquire the know-how necessary for the planning, organization, control and leadership of organizations in the social sector.

  • At the core of the master's degree program is the relevant expertise in the fields of organization, personnel management, labor law, leadership, cost management and financing, quality management, social marketing and international project management, all adapted to the needs of organizations in the social sector.
  • Empirical-scientific work combined with firsthand research experience will enable you to develop new solutions and concepts for the practical application in social work.
  • You understand European and international sociopolitical developments and their impact on social economy organizations and social work.

Curriculum

LectureSWSECTS
Introduction to Social Economy SE

Introduction to Social Economy SE

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

1.5SWS
3ECTS
1.53
Study Entrance UE

Study Entrance UE

Lector: Corinna Ladinig, MBA, Mag.a (FH) Mag.a Astrid Russ

0.5SWS
1ECTS
0.51
Foundations of Accounting ILV

Foundations of Accounting ILV

Lector: MMag. Sebastian Howorka

1.5SWS
3ECTS
1.53
Personnel Management and Development ILV

Personnel Management and Development ILV

Lector: Mag. Stephan Spatt

2.5SWS
5ECTS
2.55
Quality Management ILV

Quality Management ILV

Lector: Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Social Work as a Profession and Science SE

Social Work as a Profession and Science SE

Lector: Ing. DSA Gerlinde Blemenschitz-Kramer, MA

1.5SWS
3ECTS
1.53
Advanced Course on Empirical Research ILV

Advanced Course on Empirical Research ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA

3SWS
6ECTS
36
Labour Law ILV

Labour Law ILV

Lector: Dr.in Gabriele Vana-Kowarzik

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Organizational Theory SE

Organizational Theory SE

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

1.5SWS
2ECTS
1.52
Accounting in Social Economy Organizations ILV

Accounting in Social Economy Organizations ILV

Lector: MMag. Sebastian Howorka

1.5SWS
3ECTS
1.53

LectureSWSECTS
Controlling ILV

Controlling ILV

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

2SWS
4ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

Seminar paper 60%
Individual moodle work 40%

Teaching methods

Theoretical input, case studies, discussion, group work, individual work, presentation

Language

German

24
Spring School 1: Potentials of cooperatives for the social economy ILV

Spring School 1: Potentials of cooperatives for the social economy ILV

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

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

- Students will be informed in the first lecture.

Teaching methods

- Key notes
- Group work
- Workshops
- Plenary discussion

Language

German-English

2.55
Civil and Corporate Law ILV

Civil and Corporate Law ILV

Lector: Dr.in Gabriele Vana-Kowarzik

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

• 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

Assessment methods

• e-learning tasks
• written exam

Teaching methods

• discussion of the basics in the presence sessions
• detailed study of the topics in distance learning sessions

Language

German

1.53
Financing and Funding ILV

Financing and Funding ILV

Lector: MMag. Sebastian Howorka

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

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

Teaching methods

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.

Language

German

1.53
Research Topics SE

Research Topics SE

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

0.5SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

• 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

Assessment methods

final exam

Teaching methods

Introduction and “market place” for direct contact with potential supervisors of the own master thesis

Language

German

0.51
Conceptualization and Research Design ILV

Conceptualization and Research Design ILV

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

2SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

• 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

Assessment methods

distance learning
active participation
final exam

Teaching methods

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.

Language

German

25
Social Innovation and Change Management SE

Social Innovation and Change Management SE

Lector: Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

- Peer feedback
- Oral participation, discussion and group work
- Final paper

Teaching methods

- Presentation
- Literature
- Theory
- Case studies
- Discussions
- Scientific writing

Language

German-English

12
Social Planning and Social Reporting ILV

Social Planning and Social Reporting ILV

Lector: Mag. Martin Kröß

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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)

Assessment methods

- Task in connection with distance learning
- Written exam

Teaching methods

- Lecture and joint discussion of practical examples
- research
- Task in connection with distance learning

Language

German

12
Economic and Social Policy in the context of the EU ILV

Economic and Social Policy in the context of the EU ILV

Lector: Dr. Stefan Angel

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

term paper, comments on moodle

Teaching methods

lectures, discussion, group work, comments on moodle

Language

German-English

2.55

LectureSWSECTS
Study Period Abroad ILV

Study Period Abroad ILV

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

3.5SWS
7ECTS
3.57
Conversation, Presentation and Cultural Awareness UE

Conversation, Presentation and Cultural Awareness UE

Lector: Mag. Dr. Michael Glawar, Dr.phil. Mag.phil. Maria Rainer

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Project Management SE

Project Management SE

Lector: Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Social Marketing ILV

Social Marketing ILV

Lector: Mag. Ina Tschabuschnig, MAS, Andreas Zembaty

2.5SWS
5ECTS
2.55
Academic Writing ILV

Academic Writing ILV

Lector: Mag. Dr. Michael Glawar, Dr.phil. Mag.phil. Maria Rainer

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Applied Empirical Research 1 SE

Applied Empirical Research 1 SE

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

4SWS
8ECTS
48
EU Funding SE

EU Funding SE

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

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Master's Thesis Seminar 1 ILV

Master's Thesis Seminar 1 ILV

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

0.5SWS
3ECTS
0.53
Elective Course: Evaluation and Effectiveness SE

Elective Course: Evaluation and Effectiveness SE

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

1.5SWS
3ECTS
1.53
Elective Course: Company Formation SE

Elective Course: Company Formation SE

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Ursula Müllner, BEd

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

• 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

Assessment methods

online test for entrepreneurs 25%
written paper (group work) business model social businss 75%

Teaching methods

theoretical inputs, group work, case studies, discussions, individual work

Language

German

1.53

LectureSWSECTS
Applied Empirical Research 2 SE

Applied Empirical Research 2 SE

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., MSc, Dr. Barbara Schörner

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

The cours carries forward "Applied Empirical Research" of the 3rd term. The focus is on analysis methods and the finalisation of the master thesis.

Assessment methods

2 parts: 1. giving and getting feedback, polishing a text; 2. interpretation of SPSS-Outputs; presence learning exercises, active participation in class

Teaching methods

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.

Language

German

1.53
Master's Thesis MT

Master's Thesis MT

Lector: FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer

0SWS
0ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

- first assessment from the supervisor of the thesis
- second assessment from the (external) second assessor

Teaching methods

autonomous work and coaching by the supervisor

00
Spring School 2: Potentials of cooperatives for the social economy ILV

Spring School 2: Potentials of cooperatives for the social economy ILV

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

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

- Students will be informed in the first lecture.

Teaching methods

- Key notes
- Group work
- Workshops
- Plenary discussion

Language

German-English

2.55
Leadership in Social Economy Organisations SE

Leadership in Social Economy Organisations SE

Lector: Corinna Ladinig, MBA, Mag.a (FH) Mag.a Astrid Russ

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

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;

Assessment methods

tasks, presentations, case studies

Teaching methods

Lecture, group work, practical examples

Language

German

12
Master's Thesis Seminar 2 ILV

Master's Thesis Seminar 2 ILV

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

1SWS
13ECTS

Lecture contents

Presentation of the Status Quo as well as the intermediate results of the Master thesis,
- discussion and counselling concerning the next work-steps

Assessment methods

oral: successful presentation of the Status Quo and intermediate results of the Master thesis

Teaching methods

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.

Language

German

113
Public and Media Relations SE

Public and Media Relations SE

Lector: Andreas Zembaty

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

participation in class (10%)
research work (20%)
essay on a subject-specific academic text (70%)

Teaching methods

Lecture, work in small groups, discussion in plenum

Language

German

12
Strategic Company Management ILV

Strategic Company Management ILV

Lector: Mag.a (FH) Mag.a Astrid Russ

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

– 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)

Assessment methods

final presentation / attendance and active cooperation / seminar paper

Teaching methods

lecture, self-study, groupwork

Language

German

2.55

Joint degree

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.

  • You complete your master's thesis and master's examination with a second reviewer and a second examiner from one of the partner universities abroad (10 ECTS credits).
  • You complete the module "Intercultural Project Management in Europe" through one of the partner universities abroad (10 ECTS credits).
  • You benefit from individual modules such as "Basics of Social Work and Social Economy", "Economic and Social Policy in the EU Context", "Organization and Corporate Law" or "Personnel Management and Leadership", which are taught jointly with a visiting lecturer from a partner university abroad (10 ECTS).
  • You study for a semester abroad at one of our partner universities (the master's thesis and the final exam must still be conducted jointly as part of the joint degree program).

Career opportunities

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:


Admission

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor or similar qualification from an institute of higher education with a total of 180 ECTS credits

> 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

  • Diploma from an three-year academy of social work

Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.

Application

To apply you will require the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Bachelor degree / diploma (studies) certificate / equivalent certificate from abroad

Please note:

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.

Validation and shortening programs

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.

Admission procedure

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.


Contact

Head of Degree Program Social Economy and Social Work

Secretary's office

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 77-3209
sowosec@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Map of Kelsenstraße 2 (Google Maps)

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 on a temporary basis from winter semester 2021/22.

Teaching staff and research staff


Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

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!

Campusnetzwerk