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.

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Mag.a Mag.a Catharina Peric
Deniz Vuran
Favoritenstraße 226, A.2.18
1100 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3200
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3209
sowosec@fh-campuswien.ac.at

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Office hours during the semester
Mon. 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 break
Only by appointment


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

Application period for academic year 2019/20

1st January 2019 to 15th May 2019

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,36*

+ ÖH premium + contribution**

 

* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester

 

**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

Lecture SWS ECTS
Labour Law ILV

Labour Law ILV

Lector: Dr.in Gabriele Vana-Kowarzik

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Introduction to Social Economy SE

Introduction to Social Economy SE

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS
1.5 3
Study Entrance UE

Study Entrance UE

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

0.5 SWS
1 ECTS
0.5 1
Foundations of Accounting ILV

Foundations of Accounting ILV

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS
1.5 3
Organizational Theory SE

Organizational Theory SE

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr

1.5 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

- written exam
- e-learning exercise (Moodle)

Teaching methods

- Theoretical Inputs
- e-learning-exercise (Moodle)
- Group work
- Thematical discussion
- Guest lecturer

1.5 2
Personnel Management and Development ILV

Personnel Management and Development ILV

Lector: Mag. Stephan Spatt

2.5 SWS
5 ECTS
2.5 5
Quality Management ILV

Quality Management ILV

Lector: Mag. Daniela Hirsch, BA MA, Mag. Matthias Schüchner, MAS

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Accounting in Social Economy Organizations ILV

Accounting in Social Economy Organizations ILV

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS
1.5 3
Social Work as a Profession and Science SE

Social Work as a Profession and Science SE

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

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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;

Assessment methods

a) oral (presentation)
b) written (seminar paper/Essay)

Teaching methods

- theoretical Inputs
- group work in small Groups
- students' presentations
- discussions

Language

German

1.5 3
Advanced Course on Empirical Research ILV

Advanced Course on Empirical Research ILV

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Christian Sprung, MMA

3 SWS
6 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

written self-evaluation exam, distance learning, active participation

Teaching methods

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.

Language

German

3 6

Lecture SWS ECTS
Controlling ILV 2 4
Financing and Funding ILV 1.5 3
Research Topics SE 0.5 1
Conceptualization and Research Design ILV 2 5
Social Innovation and Change Management SE 1 2
Social Planning and Social Reporting ILV 1 2
Spring School 1 ILV 2.5 5
Economic and Social Policy in the context of the EU ILV 2.5 5
Civil and Corporate Law ILV 1.5 3

Lecture SWS ECTS
Academic Writing ILV

Academic Writing ILV

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

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
Applied Empirical Research 1 SE

Applied Empirical Research 1 SE

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., Dr. Barbara Schörner

4 SWS
8 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

term paper, presence and distance learning exercises, tutorials / case studies, 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

4 8
Study Period Abroad ILV

Study Period Abroad ILV

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr

3.5 SWS
7 ECTS

Lecture contents

Students spend a period of two weeks abroad. The following contents are offered at one of the Joint Degree partner universities:

- Overview about social politics and the system of social welfare in the host country
- Social Economy, Social Work and the social sector in the host country
- Visits of local social organizations
- Conception and presentation of an EU-project for a social economy organization

Language: English or language of the host country

Assessment methods

presence, final presentation

Teaching methods

Lectures, Group Work, Project Coaching, Presentation

Language

German-English

3.5 7
Conversation, Presentation and Cultural Awareness UE

Conversation, Presentation and Cultural Awareness UE

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

1 SWS
1 ECTS
1 1
EU Funding SE

EU Funding SE

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

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Owerview of selected EU-programs
the logic of the European Union (incuding specific cross sectional topics)
Presentation of concrete project offices
Presentation of "best practice" Social Work projects

Assessment methods

written exam

Teaching methods

theoretical input
exercises (Group work)
technical discourse

Language

German

1 1
Master's Thesis Seminar 1 ILV

Master's Thesis Seminar 1 ILV

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr, Mag. Roland Gombots, DSA, Bakk., MMag. Gerald Käfer-Schmid, Bakk., Univ.-Doz. Dr. Gerhard Melinz, Dr. Barbara Schörner, FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek, FH-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitta Zierer

0.5 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

oral:
- successful presentation of the exposé

and

written:
- Uploading of the exposé and submitting the (working) title of the master thesis until 8th December (Portal for students)

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 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.

Language

German

0.5 3
Project Management SE

Project Management SE

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

This course prepares for the study stay abroad and provides an overview of project management.

Assessment methods

readings, active participation in the discussion

Teaching methods

theoretical inputs, processing of literature, discussion, application

Language

German

1 1
Social Marketing ILV

Social Marketing ILV

Lector: Mag. Ina Tschabuschnig, MAS, Andreas Zembaty

2.5 SWS
5 ECTS
2.5 5
Elective Course: Evaluation and Effectiveness SE

Elective Course: Evaluation and Effectiveness SE

Lector: Sandra Müllner, MSc BA, Mag. Matthias Schüchner, MAS

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS
1.5 3
Elective Course: Company Formation SE

Elective Course: Company Formation SE

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Ursula Müllner, BEd

1.5 SWS
3 ECTS

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

1.5 3

Lecture SWS ECTS
Applied Empirical Research 2 SE 1.5 3
Leadership in Social Economy Organisations SE 1 2
Master's Thesis MT 0 0
Master's Thesis Seminar 2 ILV 1 13
Spring School 2 ILV 2.5 5
Strategic Company Management ILV 2.5 5
Public and Media Relations SE 1 2

Semester dates
Summer semester: 16th February to 1st July 2017

Number of teaching weeks
15 per semester

Times
Every 3 to 4 weeks Thu. to Sat. 9:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

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.

The selection process

The selection process consists of an interview with the selection committee. Professional qualifications will be considered positively when awarding study places.
Upon completing the selection process, the students will be divided into two groups. You should keep the dates free for both groups until the program begins.


Contact

Secretary's office

Mag.a Mag.a Catharina Peric
Deniz Vuran
Favoritenstraße 226, A.2.18
1100 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3200
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3209
sowosec@fh-campuswien.ac.at

map main campus (Google Maps)

Office hours during the semester
Mon. 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 break
Only by appointment

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!

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