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The Joint Master's Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
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Mykolas Romeris University
University of Tampere
Johannes Kepler University Linz

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Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, M. Sc. (Sociology)

The joint master’s degree programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare serves the purpose to improve students’ academic credentials or enhance their career prospects as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers in national, European or international social policy organizations, in areas of welfare management/ social policy development; that are able to apply their skills in evaluating social programs. Students will have an opportunity to gain knowledge in an environment that encourages challenging ideas, critical and creative thinking about contemporary welfare and social policies in different European countries. Practitioners and professionals continuing academic studies may broaden and up-date their knowledge in this area.

Educational goals in the field of social sciences studies are:

  1. The ability to understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare.
  2. The ability to engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of social policy and welfare in comparison.
  3. Competence in understanding theories in social policy and welfare.
  4. Knowledge and understanding to use and accomplish research in fields of social policy and welfare in the countries, representing different welfare models.
  5. Knowledge and understanding of methodological issues and sociological research methods.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research and social data research.
  7. Intercultural competence.
  8. The ability to express oneself orally and in writing in order to develop, complete and defend scientific papers and lectures.
  9. The ability to meet different professional demands in the fields of social policy, welfare, social and welfare statistics, social security systems, labour policy, poverty, gender etc.
  10. Promoting academic mobility and job opportunities of social policy experts in Europe throughout education.