Economics & Law

Sozialpolitik

Social Policy

Master

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The graduate program Social Policy offers an internationally renowned, two-year curriculum that enables successful candidates to enter into positions in international organizations, government administration, welfare associations or civil society organisations. The interdisciplinary master's degree program includes courses in the origins and development of the welfare state and of civil society and seminars focusing on the analysis of European welfare regimes and the challenges they face within a globalized context. International and comparative soc... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.06.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

admittance limited

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.06. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The graduate program Social Policy offers an internationally renowned, two-year curriculum that enables successful candidates to enter into positions in international organizations, government administration, welfare associations or civil society organisations. The interdisciplinary master's degree program includes courses in the origins and development of the welfare state and of civil society and seminars focusing on the analysis of European welfare regimes and the challenges they face within a globalized context. International and comparative social policy and specialized studies in selected areas of social policy as well as the development and effects of social policy measures are also part of the advanced curriculum.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The Master in Social Policy offers a first-class education, on an international level, over four semesters. One hereby receives qualification for positions in all areas of social policy, as, for example, in international organisations, ministries, welfare or citizens' associations.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

Lectures in the Master Programme Social Policy are structured in thematic modules:


Module 1a: Introduction to Social Policy Research
Courses in this module deal with fundamental aspects of social policy research. They cover central developments in the political history as well as basic structures of social policy and the welfare state


Module 3a:
Comparative and European Social Policy
Module M3a deals with the comparative analysis of welfare states in OECD-countries as well as in the Global South. The development of social policy programs in the European Union and in international organizations are central elements of the study of European and international social policy. This includes a closer look at individual characteristics of national welfare states as well as an intense discussion of concrete policies in selected countries (OECD and non-OECD).

 



Module 4b: Governance and Management
The module M4b serves as an introduction to the social science literature on organisation, governance and steering and the economics of social policy. Fundamental concepts of the Administrative Sciences will be discussed. Moreover, administrative and organizational routines in the field of social policy and their influence on German, European and international institutional arrangements on a state-level, but also with respect to institutions of the civil society and private organizations will be questioned.

 


Module 5: Inequality and Justice
Module M5 gives an overview of the normative and legal theories of the welfare state and discusses fundamental problems of the justification of social policy programs. Discussions will be based on relevant literature from philosophy, law, political theory and sociology. In addition, this module analyzes social inequality as well as old and new social risks as the main problems to which the welfare state reacts.

 



Module 6: Specialisation
1. Health Care System and Health Care Policy
2. Work and Social Security
3. European Labour Studies
4. Global Dynamics of Social Policy


Module 7:
1. Research Training with accompanying colloquium OR
2. Study abroad


Module 8a: Research Design
The module deals with the development of research designs for studies in selected fields of social policy. Problems in the design and planning research studies should be discussed and analyzed. In-depth knowledge must also be conveyed in fields of applied social policy research, in particular evaluation research.

 

Module M10: Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
- Students recap their knowledge on methodologies and data collection and analysis.
- A detailed description of research designs that are commonly applied in social policy research (panel and trend data, as well as cohort, cross-over, and case studies) will be provided. 
- Students gain an overview on quantitative, qualitative as well as interpretive research methods.
- Students learn about different fields of applied research in social policy research
- In addition, questions regarding ethical and legal concerns (protection of data privacy) in social policy research will be discussed.

Major fields

Health Care System and Health Care Policy
Work and Social Security
European Labour Studies
Global Dynamics of Social Policy

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

If you...


... want to come to terms with all arguments regarding the development of the welfare state and social policy;
... want to learn more about European welfare states, their future under conditions of globalisation;
... want to analyse, how individual fields of social policy are developed, and what kind of social consequences evolve from political measures;
... strive for a professional field of work that reflects upon social science, includes responsible action and research oriented work;
... already have a degree in social or economic sciences, or in other fields related to social policy including classes in methods or statistics...

... then the Master Programme of Social Policy should be of interest to you!

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.06. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.06. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Dr. Caroline Warfelmann
E-Mail: caroline.warfelmann(at)uni-bremen.de

Faculty secretariat

Sonja Rose
Building: GW2
E-Mail: srose(at)zes.uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-58500

Status

01.11.2019
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The graduate program Social Policy offers an internationally renowned, two-year curriculum that enables successful candidates to enter into positions in international organizations, government administration, welfare associations or civil society organisations. The interdisciplinary master's degree program includes courses in the origins and development of the welfare state and of civil society and seminars focusing on the analysis of European welfare regimes and the challenges they face within a globalized context. International and comparative social policy and specialized studies in selected areas of social policy as well as the development and effects of social policy measures are also part of the advanced curriculum.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The Master in Social Policy offers a first-class education, on an international level, over four semesters. One hereby receives qualification for positions in all areas of social policy, as, for example, in international organisations, ministries, welfare or citizens' associations.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

Lectures in the Master Programme Social Policy are structured in thematic modules:


Module 1a: Introduction to Social Policy Research
Courses in this module deal with fundamental aspects of social policy research. They cover central developments in the political history as well as basic structures of social policy and the welfare state


Module 3a:
Comparative and European Social Policy
Module M3a deals with the comparative analysis of welfare states in OECD-countries as well as in the Global South. The development of social policy programs in the European Union and in international organizations are central elements of the study of European and international social policy. This includes a closer look at individual characteristics of national welfare states as well as an intense discussion of concrete policies in selected countries (OECD and non-OECD).

 



Module 4b: Governance and Management
The module M4b serves as an introduction to the social science literature on organisation, governance and steering and the economics of social policy. Fundamental concepts of the Administrative Sciences will be discussed. Moreover, administrative and organizational routines in the field of social policy and their influence on German, European and international institutional arrangements on a state-level, but also with respect to institutions of the civil society and private organizations will be questioned.

 


Module 5: Inequality and Justice
Module M5 gives an overview of the normative and legal theories of the welfare state and discusses fundamental problems of the justification of social policy programs. Discussions will be based on relevant literature from philosophy, law, political theory and sociology. In addition, this module analyzes social inequality as well as old and new social risks as the main problems to which the welfare state reacts.

 



Module 6: Specialisation
1. Health Care System and Health Care Policy
2. Work and Social Security
3. European Labour Studies
4. Global Dynamics of Social Policy


Module 7:
1. Research Training with accompanying colloquium OR
2. Study abroad


Module 8a: Research Design
The module deals with the development of research designs for studies in selected fields of social policy. Problems in the design and planning research studies should be discussed and analyzed. In-depth knowledge must also be conveyed in fields of applied social policy research, in particular evaluation research.

 

Module M10: Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
- Students recap their knowledge on methodologies and data collection and analysis.
- A detailed description of research designs that are commonly applied in social policy research (panel and trend data, as well as cohort, cross-over, and case studies) will be provided. 
- Students gain an overview on quantitative, qualitative as well as interpretive research methods.
- Students learn about different fields of applied research in social policy research
- In addition, questions regarding ethical and legal concerns (protection of data privacy) in social policy research will be discussed.

Major fields

Health Care System and Health Care Policy
Work and Social Security
European Labour Studies
Global Dynamics of Social Policy

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

If you...


... want to come to terms with all arguments regarding the development of the welfare state and social policy;
... want to learn more about European welfare states, their future under conditions of globalisation;
... want to analyse, how individual fields of social policy are developed, and what kind of social consequences evolve from political measures;
... strive for a professional field of work that reflects upon social science, includes responsible action and research oriented work;
... already have a degree in social or economic sciences, or in other fields related to social policy including classes in methods or statistics...

... then the Master Programme of Social Policy should be of interest to you!

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.06. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.06. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Dr. Caroline Warfelmann
E-Mail: caroline.warfelmann(at)uni-bremen.de

Faculty secretariat

Sonja Rose
Building: GW2
E-Mail: srose(at)zes.uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-58500

Status

01.11.2019