The course provides systematic and in-depth application-oriented theoretical and research methodological knowledge and skills in the field of social science transformation research (analysis and design of social transformation processes). It is assumed that such transformation processes can only be adequately analyzed and made sustainable through a high degree of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation. The aim is to convey integrative competencies in particular: On the one hand, this relates to the ability to analyze social challenges in their complexity and dynamics, taking into account different disciplinary perspectives with regard to social change processes. On the other hand, it is about imparting skills, To be able to translate this knowledge of complexity and dynamics into appropriate design approaches and transformation designs for a sustainable mastery of challenges and a sustainable design of changes. This presupposes that in addition to thematic and content-related competencies (terms, concepts, theories on phenomena, fields, levels of social transformation), above all methodological and methodological competencies for research and intervention design are acquired and descriptive-analytical system knowledge, normative orientation knowledge and creative- operational know-how are closely linked.
The course has an interdisciplinary character. The specialist disciplines represented (e.g. sociology, political science, psychology, pedagogy, social work sciences, cultural studies) align their content and methods with the tasks and problems of social science transformation research. The thematic focus of the course is geared towards social changes and the challenges associated with them. The focus is on transformation processes and their interdependence in social, political, economic, cultural and technological fields such as those caused by globalization, digitization, demographic change and socio-ecological problems and crises. The guiding principle is the sustainability and future viability of social developments,
The master’s course has a modular structure. The standard period of study is four semesters, which comprise a total of eleven modules. According to ECTS, 30 CP are awarded per semester and assigned to the modules. The scope of performance for the entire course is 120 CP.
The modules M1, M4 and M7 deal with the fundamentals of social science transformation research, analyzes of social transformation processes and approaches for their future-proof design. The modules M2, M5 and M8 convey the methodological and methodological basics of social science research and intervention designs. The modules M3, M6 and M9 are used to prepare, carry out and analyze a research and intervention-oriented project. Module 10 is the practical module with 20 working days and module 11 consists of the master's thesis and the colloquium.
The prerequisite for the study is a diploma or accredited bachelor's degree with above-average success (usually overall grade of 2.3 or better) at a university or university of applied sciences in a social science course (e.g. social work, childhood education, psychology, sociology, political science, economics , Educational science, human geography, etc.) with a scope of at least 180 ECTS credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Another requirement is proof of English language skills at the B2 level of the CEF grid (Common European Framework of Reference). In cases of doubt, the selection committee decides, which at its own discretion can obtain further information and / or hear applicants.
In principle, students acquire competencies that qualify them for demanding analytical, conceptual, planning, managerial, controlling and creative tasks and activities in various scientific, scientific or non-scientific fields. The master’s course thus opens up career prospects in a variety of professional fields.
First of all, the degree enables a further academic qualification in the form of a doctorate and a subsequent academic career in research and development, teaching and transfer. It also offers the opportunity to enter scientific and science-related professions and fields of activity that do not necessarily require a doctorate. Due to the interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and thematic orientation of the degree program, it can be assumed that there are opportunities to connect to numerous scientific disciplines and practical fields of work in these areas.
In the fields of employment outside of science, analytical-conceptual, managerial-creative, coordinating-moderating as well as networking and educational-mediating fields of activity and tasks and corresponding positions play a role. Organizations in public-administrative, political, economic and civil society fields at different levels - local / communal, regional, national, inter-, trans- and supranational, global - that are involved in development and shaping in different ways can be considered as employment providers of social systems, social spaces, communities and living environments are involved. Examples include public administration organizations and public political institutions, civil society political organizations such as parties,
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