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.
Online applications are still possible despite mandatory attendance and examinations being limited. After you have completed your online application, we will send you information on the further procedure by e-mail. For questions regarding the application process, please contact the secretary's office of the program or the program administration.
Mag.a Mag.a Catharina Peric Deniz VuranFavoritenstraße 226, A.2.18 1100 Vienna T: +43 1 606 68 77-3200 F: +43 1 606 68 77-3209 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Office hours during the semesterMon to Wed, 1.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. Thu, 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Fri, 9.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m.
Office hours during the semester breakOnly by appointment
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Application period for academic year 2020/21
1st January to 15th May 2020
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: Dr.in Gabriele Vana-Kowarzik
Collective and individual labour right including sociolegal regulationsContents, signing and termination of employment contractsLegal duties and rights of employers and employeesProtection against redundancy and dismissalNon-discrimination
written exam, contribution during e-learning periods
e-learning,self study.attendance periods with case studies
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-test20% 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 motivationCreating a group feeling, that helps forming a positiv working atmosphereInputs on group processes
presence, if not present a written homework
Group discussionsReflexion methodsconstellation workinputs
definition and parts of accounting; functions of accounting; basics of double entry book keeping;book keeping and preparing financial statements: opening, booking and striking a Balance, (standard) chart of accounts, capturing and accounting for typical business cases in the social economy
final exam 60%, individual work 40%
presentation, case studies, individual work, discussions
Lector: 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
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 presencein the seminar and active participation. The course grade is made up of the performance ofthe exam at the end of the semester, the timely answers to the questions via Moodle, theelaboration of the thematic focus and the degree of active participation in the seminar.Please note that the documents must be submitted a week before the seminar via email or 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: Mag. Daniela Hirsch, BA MA, Mag. Matthias Schüchner, MAS
Concept of Quality ManagementISO 9000ff and EFQM ExellenceSeal of Quality and standards of quality assurance in social Enterprises
e-learning tasksfinal test
lectures of the specific theoriee-learing tasksgroup workDiscussions
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
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer
- 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- theoretical models/approaches in Social Work- fields of Social Work- selected methods in Social Work at a glance;
a) oral (presentation)b) written (seminar paper/Essay)
- theoretical Inputs- group work in small Groups- students' presentations- discussions
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Christian 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.
- 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: Mag. Ina Tschabuschnig, MAS
Corporate Finance - Functions, tasks and goals of financing organisations- Forms of financing- Classic forms of financing- Financing for social enterprisesFinancial Management- Sources of Finance- Goals of finance and investment- KPIs (rentabilty, liquidity)Financial Planning- Approches and formsPublic Finance- Public promotions and aids- EU FundsPrivate Finance- Fundraising- Sponsoring- CSR- Foundations- Crowdfunding- Loans- Leasing- Other forms of private financeInternal Financing- Functions of equity- Social EntrepreneursSocial Impact Bonds
60% group presentation of a financing concept supported by a workshop during the lecture | 30% individual written home assignment | 10% group-assessment, group presentation with preparation time during the lecture
lecture, practical examples, discussions, sample calculations in Excel, individual and group home assignments
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Univ.-Doz. Dr. Gerhard Melinz, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek, FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer
•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: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., MSc, 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 learningactive participationfinal 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.
Lector: Mag.a Judith Pühringer
•Models and principles of Change•Innovation in the field of Public Management•Innovation in the field of Social Economy and Social Work•Principals and concepts of Social Innovation•Innovation in Public Administration, NPOs and Social Service Sector•Innovation in Social Economy and Social Work•Change Design and Change Architecture•Models and principles of Organizational Change
Assessement: 1. Short written reflexion (via e-mail)2. Active oral participation, discussion, group work3. Written final examA positive final grade (min. 36, max. 60 points) consists of:Max. 10 points for short written reflexionMax. 15 points for participation in discussion and group workMax. 35 points for written examTo get a positive grade students have to reach min. 36 points (=60% of total points) 55-60 points: 149-54 points: 243-48 points: 337-42 points: 40-36 points: 5
Powerpoint-PresentationReader (before the 2nd unit)Methods:Theory-InputLiterature research and presentationWorking in groupsDiscussions
Lector: Mag. Harald Kriener
- Theoretical basics: social planning and social reporting and their relationship- social planning and the corona-crisis- 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) - Basics demography/ population projections and their importance for social planning- Issues and challenges for social planning (assumptions and scenarios, practical examples)
- Written exam
- Lecture and joint discussion of practical examples- Reader with practical examples
- 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: "Degrowth & SHARING ECONOMY 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
Lector: Univ.-Doz. Dr. Gerhard Melinz, FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer
a) the Austrian Welfare State: Construction principles, development patterns and current challengesb) basic knowledge about EU (structures, working procedures, policy making)c) introduction into policy analysis and EU-multi-level-governance-structures under consideration of certain social policy fieldsd) during the second presence phase (2-days-seminar) a guest lecturer of a partner university will join the seminar. He or she will provide basic informations concerning his/her home country's social security system including the social welfare mix (of the new EU-member state). This is simultaneously a good starting point for the furture intercultural project management outgoing field research. Additionally, the team teaching seminar will also provide opportunities to learn about comparative social policy research (including the role of the social NGOs)
4 Distance learning Tasks & a written Seminar paper.
distance learning combined with presence phaseslecturer's input and discussions, small group work, panel discussions
•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
Lector: Mag. Dr. Michael Glawar, Dr.phil. Mag.phil. Maria Rainer
Using English for academic purposes,Text analysis
Active class participation, homework
Interactive teaching approachesGenre-Approach: English for Academic Purposes
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.
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 organizationLanguage: English or language of the host country
presence, final presentation
Lectures, Group Work, Project Coaching, Presentation
intercultural aspects of foreign language communication; Preparation for intercultural learning,exchange of intercultural experiencesCompany presentation (PowerPoint)Short biography
active class participation, homework
interactive teaching approaches; CLT; genre-approach in EAP
Owerview of selected EU-programs the logic of the European Union (incuding specific cross sectional topics)Presentation of concrete project officesPresentation of "best practice" Social Work projects
theoretical inputexercises (Group work)technical discourse
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., MSc, Univ.-Doz. Dr. Gerhard Melinz, Dr. Barbara Schörner, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek, FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer
- 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 exposéandwritten:- Uploading of the exposé and submitting the (working) title of the master thesis until 8th December (Portal for students)
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 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.
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 organisationsmarketing as management and leadership toolmarketing instruments and their implementationspecific demands of marketing in social economic organisations
final paper (subject: Marketing plan)
heoretical and practical input by lecturerworking 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
Lector: Sandra Müllner, MSc BA, Mag. Matthias Schüchner, MAS
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, essay on journal paper, active participation in class
lectures, discussionindividual or group workpresentationscritical 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
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
Leadership 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0;management theoriesLeadership competences;Role and tasks of managers, especially middle management;particular focus on communication and conflict management;
tasks, presentations, case studies
Lecture, group work, practical examples
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 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.
- 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: "Degrowth & SHARING ECONOMY 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
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
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
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 Department Social Work, Head of Degree Program Social Economy and Social Work T: +43 1 606 68 77-3201 email@example.com
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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