Advanced Studies in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, 120 op
The curriculum of the programme combines contact teaching and literature examinations with on-line learning. Most courses start with contact teaching which takes place during the intensive programmes organized in Vilnius, Lithuania; Tampere, Finland and Linz, Austria. These two-week intensive programmes bring together the students of all three universities to participate in lectures, seminars and excursions. Afterwards the courses continue on-line. In addition, students conduct a Master’s thesis on social policy and welfare issues. Each partner university organizes a local Master’s thesis seminar for supervising the students. These seminar groups are brought together in the last intensive programme during the second year of studies so that all students can give and receive feedback for their Master’s thesis from each other and from the professors of all three universities.
Upon completing the advanced studies, students will be able to:
- understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare
- engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of social policy and welfare
- use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in the countries representing different welfare models.
- meet the different professional demands in the fields of social policy, welfare, social and welfare statistics, social security systems, labour policy, poverty, gender etc.
- discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public
- develop, complete and defend scientific papers