Social Innovation

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Creativity and Innovation

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1KUIIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Implementing innovative ideas requires creative methods of participation that directly enable those affected to participate actively in their development and application. Such methods can be used to manage change in social enterprises and other companies. However, they can also be used, for example, to increase citizen participation in regional creative processes. This course is delivered using workshops, business games, simulations, the "Future Workshop" method and a variety of other creative methods, with a particular focus on the practical aspects of researching, developing and applying innovations in a professional environment. The practical examples used in the course are also informed by basic principles of teamwork, such as Ruth Cohn's theory of theme-centred interaction. Students apply a specific method to an example and then explore it further through discussion. Innovative ways of activating the development of new forms of social participation are also studied and discussed above all.

Superior module:

Social Innovation Methods

Module description:

After completing the "Social Innovation Methods" module, students will have the following knowledge, skills and key competencies: - General professional competencies/knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the material and functional logic that informs the actions and policies of social sector players and structures. An understanding of the significance of participation and empowerment in an organisational context. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Knowledge of approaches to personnel and quality management. Knowledge of operative and strategic management. Familiarity with the typical problems faced by managers of social institutions. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: The ability to handle complex, risk-bearing situations with confidence; map problem solution requirements; select appropriate courses of action and manage processes. The ability to apply methods and instruments for participation and empowerment as well as the ability to organise participation processes independently. Knowledge of creativity techniques that enable them to generate ideas for Social Innovation and transform them into goal-directed actions. The ability to plan, conduct, guide and evaluate creative forms of participation. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: The ability to confidently communicate and present facts, findings, conclusions and claims relating to fields of action to external experts, the media and governmental organisations. The ability to work in a team. Students also gain leadership skills by familiarising themselves with concepts of active management and guiding/leading staff. The "Social Innovation Methods" module covers topics relating to the internal and external management of social organisations, creativity, participation and empowerment, which are viewed as key to the success of innovation processes.

Ethics and Sustainability (symposium)

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1EUNIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 4
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

During the "Ethics and Sustainability" course, students consider the role of practical ethics within a socio-ethical context. The course focuses on personal and social perspectives on the "good life", the relationship between the individual and society, and values such as freedom, justice, sustainability and tolerance. Building upon these initial ideas, students consider the "right" structures for social institutions, such as labour and economics (fair pay, poverty), business ethics, family, migration, culture, health systems, etc. and their implementation in a social context. The course is supported by a symposium titled "Ethics and Sustainability", which is open to students from all degree programmes and offers an opportunity for them to consider ethical issues from a range of different perspectives, through the lens of a changing modern environment. The symposium also embeds theory-based discussion of ethics and sustainability within relevant interdisciplinary discourse. The aim of the course is to give students the ability to evaluate and debate fundamental ethical arguments and theories with confidence. The students' transferable practical experience also helps them to assess the practical value of ethics in the social sector. The course also gives students an understanding of ethical problems by making reference to socially relevant fields of action and taking into consideration their own personal and professional experiences.

Superior module:

Social Innovation, Ethics and Sustainability

Module description:

After completing this module, students will have a broad grounding in the fundamentals of Social Innovation, ethics and sustainability. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the term "Social Innovation". Gain knowledge of the key features of Social Innovations and sustainable development. Analyse issues using personal and social perspectives on the "good life", the relationship between the individual and society, and values such as freedom, justice, sustainability and tolerance. Gain knowledge of various scientific theories from a variety of different disciplines. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Have an informed understanding of the fundamental and relative values of Social Innovation and sustainability. Be able to incorporate the interests and aims of relevant players. Be able to provide well-considered opinions on the "right" structures for social institutions, such as labour and economics (fair pay, poverty), business ethics, family, migration, culture, health systems, etc. and their implementation in a social context. Assess the practical value of ethics in the social sector. Gain knowledge of designing, implementing and evaluating Social Innovations, as well as structural (e.g. legislative) and stakeholder perspectives (e.g. interests and resources). - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Analyse processes of social change, taking into consideration their complex social embeddedness. Evaluate processes of social change on the basis of personal values and professional ethics. Gain an understanding of ethical problems by making reference to socially relevant fields of action and taking into consideration their own personal and professional experiences. Reflect on the creation, development and consequences of innovation. Gain an understanding of the potential obstacles and hurdles within the process of innovation. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Gain a sensitivity to the need for discursive negotiation during processes of social change. - Other key competencies: Gain the ability to critically analyse the practical implementation of Social Innovations. Develop well-reasoned positions on Social Innovation projects. Social Innovation and sustainability are central terms in the current discourse surrounding processes of social change that, due to their normative power, frequently take on a social-developmental function. The "Social Innovation, Ethics and Sustainability" module gives students a sophisticated understanding of both concepts.

Internal Management in Social Organisations

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1ISOIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

To design and manage the internal structure of a social sector organisation, knowledge of key management theories and tools is needed. This course addresses the topics of organisational culture and organisational development ("learning Organisation") and takes a more detailed look at how transformation processes are promoted and how a culture of innovation is facilitated. The course also covers the basic principles of personnel management, particularly "honorary personnel", leadership skills and the specific challenges that face managers of social organisations. Students also analyse organisational management tools at a quality and business management level (and with a particular focus on professionalism) and learn about them on the basis of examples.

Superior module:

Social Innovation Methods

Module description:

After completing the "Social Innovation Methods" module, students will have the following knowledge, skills and key competencies: - General professional competencies/knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the material and functional logic that informs the actions and policies of social sector players and structures. An understanding of the significance of participation and empowerment in an organisational context. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Knowledge of approaches to personnel and quality management. Knowledge of operative and strategic management. Familiarity with the typical problems faced by managers of social institutions. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: The ability to handle complex, risk-bearing situations with confidence; map problem solution requirements; select appropriate courses of action and manage processes. The ability to apply methods and instruments for participation and empowerment as well as the ability to organise participation processes independently. Knowledge of creativity techniques that enable them to generate ideas for Social Innovation and transform them into goal-directed actions. The ability to plan, conduct, guide and evaluate creative forms of participation. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: The ability to confidently communicate and present facts, findings, conclusions and claims relating to fields of action to external experts, the media and governmental organisations. The ability to work in a team. Students also gain leadership skills by familiarising themselves with concepts of active management and guiding/leading staff. The "Social Innovation Methods" module covers topics relating to the internal and external management of social organisations, creativity, participation and empowerment, which are viewed as key to the success of innovation processes.

Practical Project I

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1PP1PT
Type PT
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

At the beginning of the Project I course, students learn about the basic principles of project work. They work primarily on developing a typical project cycle, which is cast into a milestone plan for the entire module. The key components of the project include coming up with ideas, implementation planning, conducting the project and then evaluating it in a presentation. The presentation in Project II is supported by accompanying documentation and a self-evaluation completed by the students. The course aims to give students a solid theoretical understanding of project management and project cycles as well as the skills needed to apply these theories and evaluate them in a group setting. Students develop their project ideas in small groups, using an independent, problem-based approach to solve complex, practical, large-scope issues. In general, projects are developed by students in their own time (flexible, individualised sessions) but are supported by regular meetings with the course leader.

Superior module:

Practical Project

Module description:

In the self-directed "Practical Project" module, students apply and build upon skills from their undergraduate studies and work experience. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an awareness of the distinct challenges that may be faced at each stage of a Social Innovation project and an understanding of their own capabilities, limitations and development needs in a self-reflective environment. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Consider what conditions are needed for group and project work to be successful and take conscious steps towards shaping their own role in project and group contexts. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Organise themselves into groups and undertake a reflective examination of Social Innovation projects. Gain communication and organisation skills to be applied to project management, teamwork and giving presentations. - Other key competencies: Be motivated to continue and deepen their exploration of issues relating to Social Innovation. Gain integrated content, social and personal competencies, which are all tested by means of an end-of-module assessment. This module can serve as a practical foundation for the students' master's thesis that follows. For this reason, students must select the focus of their project from the following areas: * "Childhood, Youth and Family" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) * "Social Environment" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) * "New Public Health and Generations" (MA knowledge line) * "Globalisation, Migration and Diversity" (MA knowledge line) * "Social Inequality and Empowerment" (MA knowledge line) * Focus chosen according to social sciences bachelor's subject and work experience

Research as an Aid to Innovation

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1FAIIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

This course builds on the skills gained at undergraduate level and focuses on the key aspects and characteristics of scientific perspectives on current and future social issues. The course covers the distinctive features of participative research and research-supported participation processes; the distinctive features of futurology; the reasons for organising the scientific system by discipline; the challenges of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research; the different paths to scientific knowledge, i.e. deduction, induction and abduction, which is particularly helpful for foresight exercises; and the role of values and value neutrality in research. The overall aim of this course is to provide students with a sound methodological basis and understanding of research for courses taken at a later stage in their curriculum.

Superior module:

Research for Social Innovation

Module description:

This module starts by introducing students to general academic research skills. After this, they can choose to focus on either qualitative or quantitative research methods and on social structure analyses or impact evaluations. Students have the chance to cover the content they did not choose to study during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the significance of key statistical measures (measures of central tendency and measures of variability), concepts (representativeness, sampling) and quality criteria. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of key concepts and approaches in sociological evaluations. Gain knowledge of the theories and methodologies used in impact evaluations. Gain knowledge of the standards and regulatory frameworks that apply to (impact) evaluations. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Actively apply various methods of observation and inquiry as well as methods of content analysis. Learn about different types of interview. Prepare the concept and methodologies for research projects in the field of Social Innovation, and conduct and evaluate these projects. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Reflect critically on the key functions of evaluations. Compare social-science and economic evaluations from related areas (such as monitoring and audit). The module runs on an annual basis. Students in the cohort therefore have the chance to broaden their research skills by taking content they were not able to take during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. In addition to introducing students to research methodologies, the module also provides students with a differentiated understanding of the quantitative and qualitative research paradigm. Students also learn the methodologies required to effectively plan and conduct a specific research project; evaluate their results using qualitative or quantitative methods; and interpret the meaning of these results.

Social Change and Changing Lifeworlds

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1SWLVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Social change is a fundamental constant of the modern age. Social change happens for many reasons: it has neither one single cause, nor is it governed by any one single law of motion. Schimank gives the following as the main lines of social change: the changing nature of the capitalist economy and the wide-ranging impact of this change; lifestyle individualisation; and the continued globalisation of experience and effect across society as a whole. Social change has a significant impact on structure-forming aspects of society, such as social order, social differentiation and social inequality, and it is against this background that changes in the practical relevance of lifeworlds are considered on this course. Students on this course will explore and reflect on key manifestations of social change, such as the expansion of gainful employment, changing forms of work, knowledge intensification, changing consumption patterns and lifestyles, demographic change, changes in family structure, and the increasing wealth inequality that has accompanied these changes, using relevant theory and regional statistics and with reference to changing lifeworlds

Superior module:

Dimensions of Social Change

Module description:

After completing the "Dimensions of Social Change" module, students will have a broad foundation of interconnected basic competencies. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an appreciation of social change as a fundamental constant of the modern age. Gain knowledge of economic, historical and sociological perspectives on the creation, use and distribution of wealth. Gain knowledge of complexity, structural relationships and modes of action as starting points for creating appropriate, well-informed Social Innovations. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain an understanding of the complex causes of social change and its laws of motion. Gain an understanding of how the capitalist economy is changing and the wide-ranging effects of these changes; lifestyle individualisation; and the continued globalisation of experience and effect across society as a whole. Gain an understanding of the structure-forming design of society, i.e. the drive for social order, social differentiation and equal social rights. Gain an understanding of changes in the practical relevance of lifeworlds. Gain an understanding of the financial principles underpinning social welfare systems. Gain an understanding of the redistributive nature of the welfare state and the diverse impacts it has on the distribution of wealth. Gain an understanding of developments currently taking place as a result of the global financial and economic crisis and what implications these may have on the design of the social public services of the future. Gain an understanding of national and international elements of social change. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Explore the key indicators of social change. Reflect on the modern concept of gainful employment, changing forms of employment and knowledge intensification. Gain an understanding of changing consumption patterns and lifestyles, demographic change, changes in family structures, and the increasing wealth inequality that has accompanied these changes. Critically evaluate traditional and alternative measures of welfare. Critically evaluate the welfare state. Analyse their own professional field, taking into consideration a complex network of factors relating to welfare. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the welfare state as a structural principle of the state and conduct a discursive analysis of social inequality. In the "Dimensions of Social Change" module, changing lifeworlds, basic economic principles, the welfare state and participation, the social system and social inequality are discussed and explained as a complex network of fundamental elements of social change in the modern age. During this discussion, students are encouraged to identify their own position within an interdependent framework of social contexts.

Social Innovation I

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1SI1VO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

"Social Innovation" is at the centre of the MA Social Innovation degree programme at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. The term is defined and applied differently in different disciplines, which makes it necessary for an entire course to be dedicated to fundamental discussions on this topic at the initial study phase. The aim of the "Social Innovation I" course, therefore, is to provide students with a sound basis for further study. Using texts on theory and methodologies, students explore different views and approaches within the field of Social Innovation. Making reference to conceptual history, students on the course learn how to differentiate between Social Innovations and technological and economic innovations, which may also have social implications, and further develop the concept of Social Innovation. Particular attention is paid to more recent definitions of Social Innovation and understandings of the term within the social sciences and an international (OECD), European (EU) and national context (i.e. in individual ministries). Another key topic tackled in the course is the significance of regulatory frameworks in the creation and development of Social Innovations. The course also embeds the term "Social Innovation" within academic theory from a number of different disciplines and offers students an opportunity to critically analyse the practical implementation of Social Innovations. Ethics are also considered in relation to the basic normative principles of innovation-related behaviour and the impact of Social Innovations in a variety of spheres, including public health and migration.

Superior module:

Social Innovation, Ethics and Sustainability

Module description:

After completing this module, students will have a broad grounding in the fundamentals of Social Innovation, ethics and sustainability. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the term "Social Innovation". Gain knowledge of the key features of Social Innovations and sustainable development. Analyse issues using personal and social perspectives on the "good life", the relationship between the individual and society, and values such as freedom, justice, sustainability and tolerance. Gain knowledge of various scientific theories from a variety of different disciplines. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Have an informed understanding of the fundamental and relative values of Social Innovation and sustainability. Be able to incorporate the interests and aims of relevant players. Be able to provide well-considered opinions on the "right" structures for social institutions, such as labour and economics (fair pay, poverty), business ethics, family, migration, culture, health systems, etc. and their implementation in a social context. Assess the practical value of ethics in the social sector. Gain knowledge of designing, implementing and evaluating Social Innovations, as well as structural (e.g. legislative) and stakeholder perspectives (e.g. interests and resources). - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Analyse processes of social change, taking into consideration their complex social embeddedness. Evaluate processes of social change on the basis of personal values and professional ethics. Gain an understanding of ethical problems by making reference to socially relevant fields of action and taking into consideration their own personal and professional experiences. Reflect on the creation, development and consequences of innovation. Gain an understanding of the potential obstacles and hurdles within the process of innovation. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Gain a sensitivity to the need for discursive negotiation during processes of social change. - Other key competencies: Gain the ability to critically analyse the practical implementation of Social Innovations. Develop well-reasoned positions on Social Innovation projects. Social Innovation and sustainability are central terms in the current discourse surrounding processes of social change that, due to their normative power, frequently take on a social-developmental function. The "Social Innovation, Ethics and Sustainability" module gives students a sophisticated understanding of both concepts.

Social Law and New Public Management

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1ROSVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

This course addresses the formal principles shaping social law and considers a selection of regulations concerning social law as well as legal aspects of incentive systems, insurance systems and welfare systems. The course also looks at the legal and planning challenges facing the social welfare system of the future along with key elements of social planning and the planning process (demand planning, product development, legislative measures). A particular focus is placed on planning methodologies, the desirable and undesirable effects of planning and the players/addressees of social planning. Throughout the course, students examine public management, new public management criteria and their significance to the social sector. They also critically consider and analyse the impacts of new public management on social organisations and their culture of innovation during the course.

Superior module:

Basic Legal Principles

Module description:

After completing the "Basic Legal Principles" module, students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain in-depth knowledge of the material and functional logic that informs the actions and policies of social sector players and structures. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of profession-specific basic legal principles and of the basic principles of labour and social legislation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Be able to act confidently and with due consideration of the law in complex, risk-bearing situations. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Learn to confidently communicate and present facts, findings, conclusions and claims relating to Social Innovation fields of action to external experts, the media and governmental organisations. - Other key competencies: Know how to locate legal information and be able to tell the difference between what is significant and insignificant. Have an insight into other people's duties/interests and be able to transfer information in a suitable format. Be able to analyse what makes a problem a problem and identify the links between cause and effect. Be able to identify the opportunities and risks associated with social issues. Be able to evaluate and develop suitable solutions, involving all relevant parties. Relevant regulatory frameworks, regulations and regulatory structures within the social sector are discussed and explained in the "Basic Legal Principles" module, which places a particular focus on the impact of legislation on social organisations and their scope for action.

The Basic Economic Principles of Welfare and Participation

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1ÖWTVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In developed welfare states, successful economic action is key to reducing conflict when distributing social wealth. This course explores the creation, use and distribution of wealth using an interdisciplinary, social-science approach and taking into consideration a variety of different economic, historical and sociological perspectives. Students on this course gain a deeper understanding of the financial principles underpinning Austrian social welfare systems and an appreciation of the redistributive nature of the welfare state and the diverse impacts it has on the distribution of wealth. The course is framed within the context of developments currently taking place as a result of the global financial and economic crisis and considers the implications these may have on the design of the social public services of the future in light of relevant national and international factors. During the course, students also critically evaluate the analytical and normative implications of traditional and alternative measures of welfare.

Superior module:

Dimensions of Social Change

Module description:

After completing the "Dimensions of Social Change" module, students will have a broad foundation of interconnected basic competencies. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an appreciation of social change as a fundamental constant of the modern age. Gain knowledge of economic, historical and sociological perspectives on the creation, use and distribution of wealth. Gain knowledge of complexity, structural relationships and modes of action as starting points for creating appropriate, well-informed Social Innovations. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain an understanding of the complex causes of social change and its laws of motion. Gain an understanding of how the capitalist economy is changing and the wide-ranging effects of these changes; lifestyle individualisation; and the continued globalisation of experience and effect across society as a whole. Gain an understanding of the structure-forming design of society, i.e. the drive for social order, social differentiation and equal social rights. Gain an understanding of changes in the practical relevance of lifeworlds. Gain an understanding of the financial principles underpinning social welfare systems. Gain an understanding of the redistributive nature of the welfare state and the diverse impacts it has on the distribution of wealth. Gain an understanding of developments currently taking place as a result of the global financial and economic crisis and what implications these may have on the design of the social public services of the future. Gain an understanding of national and international elements of social change. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Explore the key indicators of social change. Reflect on the modern concept of gainful employment, changing forms of employment and knowledge intensification. Gain an understanding of changing consumption patterns and lifestyles, demographic change, changes in family structures, and the increasing wealth inequality that has accompanied these changes. Critically evaluate traditional and alternative measures of welfare. Critically evaluate the welfare state. Analyse their own professional field, taking into consideration a complex network of factors relating to welfare. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the welfare state as a structural principle of the state and conduct a discursive analysis of social inequality. In the "Dimensions of Social Change" module, changing lifeworlds, basic economic principles, the welfare state and participation, the social system and social inequality are discussed and explained as a complex network of fundamental elements of social change in the modern age. During this discussion, students are encouraged to identify their own position within an interdependent framework of social contexts.

The Social System and Social Inequality

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1SSUVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

No social institution is as ingrained in our society as the welfare state. The applicability of traditional patterns of welfare regulation can no longer be taken for granted, however, and the welfare state's role - as a structural principle of government - in dealing with social inequality is now being hotly debated. In this course, students will consider the structures, players, interests and services within the welfare state network against the background of the challenges currently facing the sector. During the course, students critically evaluate the welfare state in depth to gain an understanding of the reach of welfare arrangements, and analyse and compare relevant structural and functional principles. These activities enable them to situate their own professional experience within a complex network of welfare relationships from an analytical perspective. An understanding of the importance of considering complexity, structural relationships and modes of action as necessary starting points for creating appropriate, well-informed Social Innovations is fundamental.

Superior module:

Dimensions of Social Change

Module description:

After completing the "Dimensions of Social Change" module, students will have a broad foundation of interconnected basic competencies. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an appreciation of social change as a fundamental constant of the modern age. Gain knowledge of economic, historical and sociological perspectives on the creation, use and distribution of wealth. Gain knowledge of complexity, structural relationships and modes of action as starting points for creating appropriate, well-informed Social Innovations. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain an understanding of the complex causes of social change and its laws of motion. Gain an understanding of how the capitalist economy is changing and the wide-ranging effects of these changes; lifestyle individualisation; and the continued globalisation of experience and effect across society as a whole. Gain an understanding of the structure-forming design of society, i.e. the drive for social order, social differentiation and equal social rights. Gain an understanding of changes in the practical relevance of lifeworlds. Gain an understanding of the financial principles underpinning social welfare systems. Gain an understanding of the redistributive nature of the welfare state and the diverse impacts it has on the distribution of wealth. Gain an understanding of developments currently taking place as a result of the global financial and economic crisis and what implications these may have on the design of the social public services of the future. Gain an understanding of national and international elements of social change. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Explore the key indicators of social change. Reflect on the modern concept of gainful employment, changing forms of employment and knowledge intensification. Gain an understanding of changing consumption patterns and lifestyles, demographic change, changes in family structures, and the increasing wealth inequality that has accompanied these changes. Critically evaluate traditional and alternative measures of welfare. Critically evaluate the welfare state. Analyse their own professional field, taking into consideration a complex network of factors relating to welfare. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the welfare state as a structural principle of the state and conduct a discursive analysis of social inequality. In the "Dimensions of Social Change" module, changing lifeworlds, basic economic principles, the welfare state and participation, the social system and social inequality are discussed and explained as a complex network of fundamental elements of social change in the modern age. During this discussion, students are encouraged to identify their own position within an interdependent framework of social contexts.

Research for Social Innovation I

Quantitative Methods of Empirical Social Research

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1QANUE
Type UB
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

This course addresses the aims, features and methods of quantitative research processes. It builds on the basic knowledge gained by students at undergraduate level and focuses on quantitative methods of collecting and evaluating data, giving particular consideration to the development of questionnaires and the evaluation of quantitative data. The course introduces students to the conceptual, methodological and practical aspects of survey design, implementation and evaluation. Key course content includes the development of a theory-based questionnaire, the practical aspects of conducting a survey and the evaluation of survey results using SPSS at a descriptive (measures of central tendency, measures of variability and frequency tables) and correlative level. Bivariate correlations are recorded in contingency tables. Students practise each individual stage of the questionnaire development process using practical examples.

Superior module:

Research for Social Innovation I

Module description:

This module starts by introducing students to general academic research skills. After this, they can choose to focus on either qualitative or quantitative research methods and on social structure analyses or impact evaluations. Students have the chance to cover the content they did not choose to study during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the significance of key statistical measures (measures of central tendency and measures of variability), concepts (representativeness, sampling) and quality criteria. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of key concepts and approaches in sociological evaluations. Gain knowledge of the theories and methodologies used in impact evaluations. Gain knowledge of the standards and regulatory frameworks that apply to (impact) evaluations. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Actively apply various methods of observation and inquiry as well as methods of content analysis. Learn about different types of interview. Prepare the concept and methodologies for research projects in the field of Social Innovation, and conduct and evaluate these projects. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Reflect critically on the key functions of evaluations. Compare social-science and economic evaluations from related areas (such as monitoring and audit). The module runs on an annual basis. Students in the cohort therefore have the chance to broaden their research skills by taking content they were not able to take during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. In addition to introducing students to research methodologies, the module also provides students with a differentiated understanding of the quantitative and qualitative research paradigm. Students also learn the methodologies required to effectively plan and conduct a specific research project; evaluate their results using qualitative or quantitative methods; and interpret the meaning of these results.

Research for Social Innovation II

Qualitative Methods of Empirical Social Research

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM1QALUE
Type UB
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

This course addresses the features and methods of qualitative research processes. It builds on the basic knowledge gained by students at undergraduate level and focuses on the most important methods used for qualitative empirical social research in the context of social innovation processes. Students deepen their knowledge by learning about different types of survey (e.g. interviews, focus groups) and observation as well as how to use qualitative methods to evaluate collected data. During the course, students work on a short (innovation) project by way of example, which enables them to apply basic theoretical principles and practical steps to an actual questionnaire and then present and discuss their findings.

Superior module:

Research for Social Innovation II

Module description:

This module starts by introducing students to general academic research skills. After this, they can choose to focus on either qualitative or quantitative research methods and on social structure analyses or impact evaluations. Students have the chance to cover the content they did not choose to study during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the significance of key statistical measures (measures of central tendency and measures of variability), concepts (representativeness, sampling) and quality criteria. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of key concepts and approaches in sociological evaluations. Gain knowledge of the theories and methodologies used in impact evaluations. Gain knowledge of the standards and regulatory frameworks that apply to (impact) evaluations. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Actively apply various methods of observation and inquiry as well as methods of content analysis. Learn about different types of interview. Prepare the concept and methodologies for research projects in the field of Social Innovation, and conduct and evaluate these projects. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Reflect critically on the key functions of evaluations. Compare social-science and economic evaluations from related areas (such as monitoring and audit). The module runs on an annual basis. Students in the cohort therefore have the chance to broaden their research skills by taking content they were not able to take during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. In addition to introducing students to research methodologies, the module also provides students with a differentiated understanding of the quantitative and qualitative research paradigm. Students also learn the methodologies required to effectively plan and conduct a specific research project; evaluate their results using qualitative or quantitative methods; and interpret the meaning of these results.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Democracy and Innovation

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2DEIIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In the Democracy and Innovation course, students learn about the creation and justification of democracy. They also study the basic legal principles and empirical experience of democracy and its relationship to Social Innovations. Democracy and its dimensions (i.e. as a form of government, organising the state, communication and lifestyle) are presented through key texts and underpinned by innovation literature. Democratic innovations are analysed and discussed at the national level, supranational level (at a European and international macro-level) and subnational level (at an organisational meso-level and a lifeworld micro-level). Issues of constitutional law and human rights are also discussed. Making reference to different time periods, countries and the latest analytical tools, students discuss the strengths and weaknesses of democracy in comparison to other methods of government, as well as the different forms taken by democratic systems when promoting innovation. In these discussions, innovation is considered through a range of different lenses: What is the relationship between democracy and technological innovations? What impact does democracy have on how innovations are received? What democratic innovations are possible and currently being discussed? The crisis of democracy and the corresponding need for innovation forms an important component of this course. These democratic innovations range from an increase in direct democracy and electoral reforms to civic councils and democratic organisations on a global level. Particular consideration is given to the democratic system in Austria and Europe.

Superior module:

Innovations in Social Change

Module description:

After completing the "Innovations in Social Change" module, students will be able to identify the basic conditions needed for social development. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain knowledge of Austrian healthcare structures and current developments in the Austrian healthcare system, comparing these to similar systems in selected other countries. Gain an overview of public health issues, with reference to healthcare, prevention and health promotion. Gain basic knowledge of democracy as a form of government and interaction, and as a way of life. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain an overview of the key principles and indicators of democracy and its crisis symptoms. Learn how to identify different manifestations of democracy in different forms of government, ways of life and interaction. Gain in-depth knowledge of theories of diversity and intersectionality. Gain knowledge of different approaches and perspectives in concepts of diversity. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Judge the need for democratic innovations. Judge the quality of democracy. Evaluate democratic innovations. Critically reflect on constructions of differences, processes of ascription and their own role in these processes. Transfer and apply their theoretical expertise to their own experience, social action and professional conduct. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Become sensitive to matters of diversity and aware of the construction of subjective realities as well as gaining a tolerance and appreciation of diversity and different lifeworlds and perspectives. - Other key competencies: Apply methods of (self-)reflection as the basis for their own professional practice. The "Innovations in Social Change" module takes a multi-professional approach to the fields of health, diversity, intersectionality and democracy, also covering the chief constructs of innovation by making reference to current developments in the social sector.

Diversity and Intersectionality

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2DUIIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

When examining the causes of social inequality and addressing social problems, reflection on issues of diversity and intersectionality is becoming increasingly vital. Theoretical discourse and practical implementations are, however, marked by diverse interpretations, perspectives and methods. This course focuses on the importance of taking a diversity-conscious approach to the analysis and handling of social exclusion processes. Students on the course also reflect on social constructions of difference along central structural categories, such as gender, migration, age and body; the intersectional connections of these processes and their ability to influence future action and development. The significance of key theories, research findings and basic legal principles, such as the Federal Act on Equal Treatment, is discussed and made applicable to real-life settings using practical examples. The aim here is to use diversity factors to inform action and facilitate the acquisition of content competency and methodological expertise. Students work together to reflect on these topics at a variety of different levels, i.e. in relation to their own personal views, potential areas of opportunity and conflict within team settings, resource-oriented collaborations with service recipients, and at a structural level in terms of anti-discrimination projects and advocacy projects promoting an inclusive society.

Superior module:

Innovations in Social Change

Module description:

After completing the "Innovations in Social Change" module, students will be able to identify the basic conditions needed for social development. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain knowledge of Austrian healthcare structures and current developments in the Austrian healthcare system, comparing these to similar systems in selected other countries. Gain an overview of public health issues, with reference to healthcare, prevention and health promotion. Gain basic knowledge of democracy as a form of government and interaction, and as a way of life. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain an overview of the key principles and indicators of democracy and its crisis symptoms. Learn how to identify different manifestations of democracy in different forms of government, ways of life and interaction. Gain in-depth knowledge of theories of diversity and intersectionality. Gain knowledge of different approaches and perspectives in concepts of diversity. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Judge the need for democratic innovations. Judge the quality of democracy. Evaluate democratic innovations. Critically reflect on constructions of differences, processes of ascription and their own role in these processes. Transfer and apply their theoretical expertise to their own experience, social action and professional conduct. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Become sensitive to matters of diversity and aware of the construction of subjective realities as well as gaining a tolerance and appreciation of diversity and different lifeworlds and perspectives. - Other key competencies: Apply methods of (self-)reflection as the basis for their own professional practice. The "Innovations in Social Change" module takes a multi-professional approach to the fields of health, diversity, intersectionality and democracy, also covering the chief constructs of innovation by making reference to current developments in the social sector.

Legal Perspectives on Labour Organisation and Finance

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2RAFVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

This course addresses key points of law for social organisations (particularly civil law and business law) and the practical effects of this legislation. The legal forms of social organisations and aspects of tax law and liability law (insurance law, liability and third party liability, confidentiality, data and consumer protection) are also explored during the course using examples. Other legal points considered are special aspects of (different) finance models for social profit organisations (performance agreements, public procurement law), EU law (European Social Fund) and labour law as it relates to practice in social organisations (e.g. wage agreement regulations).

Superior module:

Basic Legal Principles

Module description:

After completing the "Basic Legal Principles" module, students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain in-depth knowledge of the material and functional logic that informs the actions and policies of social sector players and structures. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of profession-specific basic legal principles and of the basic principles of labour and social legislation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Be able to act confidently and with due consideration of the law in complex, risk-bearing situations. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Learn to confidently communicate and present facts, findings, conclusions and claims relating to Social Innovation fields of action to external experts, the media and governmental organisations. - Other key competencies: Know how to locate legal information and be able to tell the difference between what is significant and insignificant. Have an insight into other people's duties/interests and be able to transfer information in a suitable format. Be able to analyse what makes a problem a problem and identify the links between cause and effect. Be able to identify the opportunities and risks associated with social issues. Be able to evaluate and develop suitable solutions, involving all relevant parties. Relevant regulatory frameworks, regulations and regulatory structures within the social sector are discussed and explained in the "Basic Legal Principles" module, which places a particular focus on the impact of legislation on social organisations and their scope for action.

Managing External Relationships in Social Organisations

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2SAOIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

For social organisations, the structure of external relationships plays a key role. This course therefore addresses the three-sector theory, as well as the aims, features and structures of social profit organisations and the social economy. It also covers constitutive criteria for managing external relationships, such as strategic management (mission, vision, innovation) and performance management (impact-oriented management). Key course content includes the positioning of regional, national and international social profit organisations, negotiation strategies and public affairs. Students engage with this content by studying the challenges facing the social sector and its scope for action, as well as by analysing the positioning and development of social organisations and the social economy.

Superior module:

Social Innovation Methods

Module description:

After completing the "Social Innovation Methods" module, students will have the following knowledge, skills and key competencies: - General professional competencies/knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the material and functional logic that informs the actions and policies of social sector players and structures. An understanding of the significance of participation and empowerment in an organisational context. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Knowledge of approaches to personnel and quality management. Knowledge of operative and strategic management. Familiarity with the typical problems faced by managers of social institutions. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: The ability to handle complex, risk-bearing situations with confidence; map problem solution requirements; select appropriate courses of action and manage processes. The ability to apply methods and instruments for participation and empowerment as well as the ability to organise participation processes independently. Knowledge of creativity techniques that enable them to generate ideas for Social Innovation and transform them into goal-directed actions. The ability to plan, conduct, guide and evaluate creative forms of participation. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: The ability to confidently communicate and present facts, findings, conclusions and claims relating to fields of action to external experts, the media and governmental organisations. The ability to work in a team. Students also gain leadership skills by familiarising themselves with concepts of active management and guiding/leading staff. The "Social Innovation Methods" module covers topics relating to the internal and external management of social organisations, creativity, participation and empowerment, which are viewed as key to the success of innovation processes.

Methods of Participation and Empowerment

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2MPEIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In the "Methods of Participation and Empowerment" course, students study fundamental methods of empowerment and participation as they apply to social psychology, sociology and social work. Students apply these methods in small groups to developing a realistic concept for an innovative, participative process, association or movement aimed at empowering a specific target group.

Superior module:

Social Innovation Methods

Module description:

After completing the "Social Innovation Methods" module, students will have the following knowledge, skills and key competencies: - General professional competencies/knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the material and functional logic that informs the actions and policies of social sector players and structures. An understanding of the significance of participation and empowerment in an organisational context. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Knowledge of approaches to personnel and quality management. Knowledge of operative and strategic management. Familiarity with the typical problems faced by managers of social institutions. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: The ability to handle complex, risk-bearing situations with confidence; map problem solution requirements; select appropriate courses of action and manage processes. The ability to apply methods and instruments for participation and empowerment as well as the ability to organise participation processes independently. Knowledge of creativity techniques that enable them to generate ideas for Social Innovation and transform them into goal-directed actions. The ability to plan, conduct, guide and evaluate creative forms of participation. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: The ability to confidently communicate and present facts, findings, conclusions and claims relating to fields of action to external experts, the media and governmental organisations. The ability to work in a team. Students also gain leadership skills by familiarising themselves with concepts of active management and guiding/leading staff. The "Social Innovation Methods" module covers topics relating to the internal and external management of social organisations, creativity, participation and empowerment, which are viewed as key to the success of innovation processes.

Practical Project II

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2PP2PT
Type PT
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Project II is the progression of the Project I course. It builds upon the milestone plan agreed in that course and also offers students the opportunity to present and discuss their interim results. Project II is an integrated part of the "Practical Project" module. This course focuses on implementing and evaluating a practical Social Innovation project and culminates in a presentation of the students' project findings. This presentation is also the final assessment for the "Practical Project" module.

Superior module:

Practical Project

Module description:

In the self-directed "Practical Project" module, students apply and build upon skills from their undergraduate studies and work experience. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an awareness of the distinct challenges that may be faced at each stage of a Social Innovation project and an understanding of their own capabilities, limitations and development needs in a self-reflective environment. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Consider what conditions are needed for group and project work to be successful and take conscious steps towards shaping their own role in project and group contexts. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Organise themselves into groups and undertake a reflective examination of Social Innovation projects. Gain communication and organisation skills to be applied to project management, teamwork and giving presentations. - Other key competencies: Be motivated to continue and deepen their exploration of issues relating to Social Innovation. Gain integrated content, social and personal competencies, which are all tested by means of an end-of-module assessment. This module can serve as a practical foundation for the students' master's thesis that follows. For this reason, students must select the focus of their project from the following areas: * "Childhood, Youth and Family" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) * "Social Environment" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) * "New Public Health and Generations" (MA knowledge line) * "Globalisation, Migration and Diversity" (MA knowledge line) * "Social Inequality and Empowerment" (MA knowledge line) * Focus chosen according to social sciences bachelor's subject and work experience

Social Innovation II

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2SI2IL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

"Social Innovation II" builds on "Social Innovation I" and aims to illustrate and deepen students' understanding of the relevance of the theories and analytical distinctions covered in the previous course using practical examples. In addition to learning about the design, implementation and evaluation of Social Innovations, students also gain knowledge of structural (e.g. legislative) and stakeholder perspectives (e.g. interests and resources). The hurdles and obstacles that may be experienced at different stages of the innovation process are also explored, with particular attention being paid to the (largely heterogeneous) interests of different players and the logic informing their actions. The consequences of innovations are also looked at and analysed by means of practical examples. The overarching aim of the course is to offer students an opportunity to reflect on the theoretical frameworks underpinning their practical experience in innovation creation, development and outcomes, and to use these reflections as a springboard for further innovation processes.

Superior module:

Social Innovation, Ethics and Sustainability

Module description:

After completing this module, students will have a broad grounding in the fundamentals of Social Innovation, ethics and sustainability. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the term "Social Innovation". Gain knowledge of the key features of Social Innovations and sustainable development. Analyse issues using personal and social perspectives on the "good life", the relationship between the individual and society, and values such as freedom, justice, sustainability and tolerance. Gain knowledge of various scientific theories from a variety of different disciplines. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Have an informed understanding of the fundamental and relative values of Social Innovation and sustainability. Be able to incorporate the interests and aims of relevant players. Be able to provide well-considered opinions on the "right" structures for social institutions, such as labour and economics (fair pay, poverty), business ethics, family, migration, culture, health systems, etc. and their implementation in a social context. Assess the practical value of ethics in the social sector. Gain knowledge of designing, implementing and evaluating Social Innovations, as well as structural (e.g. legislative) and stakeholder perspectives (e.g. interests and resources). - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Analyse processes of social change, taking into consideration their complex social embeddedness. Evaluate processes of social change on the basis of personal values and professional ethics. Gain an understanding of ethical problems by making reference to socially relevant fields of action and taking into consideration their own personal and professional experiences. Reflect on the creation, development and consequences of innovation. Gain an understanding of the potential obstacles and hurdles within the process of innovation. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Gain a sensitivity to the need for discursive negotiation during processes of social change. - Other key competencies: Gain the ability to critically analyse the practical implementation of Social Innovations. Develop well-reasoned positions on Social Innovation projects. Social Innovation and sustainability are central terms in the current discourse surrounding processes of social change that, due to their normative power, frequently take on a social-developmental function. The "Social Innovation, Ethics and Sustainability" module gives students a sophisticated understanding of both concepts.

The Changing Health System

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2GIWIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The aim of this course is to give students an overview of the structures and features of the Austrian health system and to locate this system within the context of larger social developments. Consideration is given to the following questions: What functions does the health system fulfil? Who are the key players in healthcare and what is the skill structure of the system? How are steering committees and areas of service provision divided? What is the health status of the population and how is the population's health safeguarded? What fundamental changes have taken place in health insurance since its introduction? During the course, students compare Austria's social-insurance-based health system to selected healthcare systems in a number of different countries (particularly national healthcare systems) and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each. In this course, health interventions are approached from an individual and public perspective (public health). Students also identify current issues in the Austrian health sector and the challenges facing it in the future, making reference to previous developments in the field and recent healthcare reforms. Areas for social sector advancement are also discussed.

Superior module:

Innovations in Social Change

Module description:

After completing the "Innovations in Social Change" module, students will be able to identify the basic conditions needed for social development. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain knowledge of Austrian healthcare structures and current developments in the Austrian healthcare system, comparing these to similar systems in selected other countries. Gain an overview of public health issues, with reference to healthcare, prevention and health promotion. Gain basic knowledge of democracy as a form of government and interaction, and as a way of life. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain an overview of the key principles and indicators of democracy and its crisis symptoms. Learn how to identify different manifestations of democracy in different forms of government, ways of life and interaction. Gain in-depth knowledge of theories of diversity and intersectionality. Gain knowledge of different approaches and perspectives in concepts of diversity. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Judge the need for democratic innovations. Judge the quality of democracy. Evaluate democratic innovations. Critically reflect on constructions of differences, processes of ascription and their own role in these processes. Transfer and apply their theoretical expertise to their own experience, social action and professional conduct. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Become sensitive to matters of diversity and aware of the construction of subjective realities as well as gaining a tolerance and appreciation of diversity and different lifeworlds and perspectives. - Other key competencies: Apply methods of (self-)reflection as the basis for their own professional practice. The "Innovations in Social Change" module takes a multi-professional approach to the fields of health, diversity, intersectionality and democracy, also covering the chief constructs of innovation by making reference to current developments in the social sector.

Research for Social Innovation III

Analysing Social Structures

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2SSAIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Individual and collective action is influenced by social structures, which shape the way we live together as a society. In order to identify this structural pattern and thereby initiate potential innovations, an understanding of how such a pattern emerges, and of its reach and dynamics of change over time, is required. This course familiarises students with different types of social structures and how they interact with the actions of different players, which in turn gives students the analytical abilities needed to explore social systems of different sizes from this perspective (including macro-level systems such as health, sports or schools). Since a considerable proportion of welfare services are provided by corporate players within the social sector, organisations form a key point of reference at the meso-level.

Superior module:

Research for Social Innovation III

Module description:

This module starts by introducing students to general academic research skills. After this, they can choose to focus on either qualitative or quantitative research methods and on social structure analyses or impact evaluations. Students have the chance to cover the content they did not choose to study during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the significance of key statistical measures (measures of central tendency and measures of variability), concepts (representativeness, sampling) and quality criteria. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of key concepts and approaches in sociological evaluations. Gain knowledge of the theories and methodologies used in impact evaluations. Gain knowledge of the standards and regulatory frameworks that apply to (impact) evaluations. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Actively apply various methods of observation and inquiry as well as methods of content analysis. Learn about different types of interview. Prepare the concept and methodologies for research projects in the field of Social Innovation, and conduct and evaluate these projects. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Reflect critically on the key functions of evaluations. Compare social-science and economic evaluations from related areas (such as monitoring and audit). The module runs on an annual basis. Students in the cohort therefore have the chance to broaden their research skills by taking content they were not able to take during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. In addition to introducing students to research methodologies, the module also provides students with a differentiated understanding of the quantitative and qualitative research paradigm. Students also learn the methodologies required to effectively plan and conduct a specific research project; evaluate their results using qualitative or quantitative methods; and interpret the meaning of these results.

Research for Social Innovation IV

Impact-oriented Approaches and Evaluation

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZM2WOEIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Evaluation is the methodical analysis and assessment of social systems (such as measures, projects or institutions) and is tailor-made for innovation processes. Course content includes an introduction to different perspectives, approaches and types in social-science evaluation (formative/summative evaluation, self-evaluation and external evaluation plus other forms of evaluation) and economic evaluation (e.g. SROI analysis). These are compared with similar concepts, such as monitoring or audit. Discussion also takes place on the possible functions evaluation may have. The evaluation process and its role in innovation processes is demonstrated using practical examples from selected evaluation projects. Students also design their own suitable evaluations and effect models. The aim of the course is to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to design and conduct Evaluations.

Superior module:

Research for Social Innovation IV

Module description:

This module starts by introducing students to general academic research skills. After this, they can choose to focus on either qualitative or quantitative research methods and on social structure analyses or impact evaluations. Students have the chance to cover the content they did not choose to study during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. Students will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Gain an understanding of the significance of key statistical measures (measures of central tendency and measures of variability), concepts (representativeness, sampling) and quality criteria. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of key concepts and approaches in sociological evaluations. Gain knowledge of the theories and methodologies used in impact evaluations. Gain knowledge of the standards and regulatory frameworks that apply to (impact) evaluations. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Actively apply various methods of observation and inquiry as well as methods of content analysis. Learn about different types of interview. Prepare the concept and methodologies for research projects in the field of Social Innovation, and conduct and evaluate these projects. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Reflect critically on the key functions of evaluations. Compare social-science and economic evaluations from related areas (such as monitoring and audit). The module runs on an annual basis. Students in the cohort therefore have the chance to broaden their research skills by taking content they were not able to take during Semesters 1 and 2 in Semesters 3 and 4. In addition to introducing students to research methodologies, the module also provides students with a differentiated understanding of the quantitative and qualitative research paradigm. Students also learn the methodologies required to effectively plan and conduct a specific research project; evaluate their results using qualitative or quantitative methods; and interpret the meaning of these results.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Innovation Through Migration

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM3IDMIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In quantitative terms, migration is the biggest cause of demographic change in Austria. It also makes a significant contribution to social change. Migration often has negative connotations. This may be down to a general wariness of "outsiders" or the friction that arises when different social groups, with different needs and customs, come into contact with one another. Amidst all of this, however, the positive aspects of migration become obscured. This course considers migration as a source of (social) innovation and discusses positive examples and the solutions provided by migration and migrants using theories of integration and inclusion. In addition to the fundamental theory, the course also focuses on the players involved in such innovations (institutions that promote integration or inclusion, migrant self-organisations, etc.).

Superior module:

Planning the Social Future

Module description:

After completing the "Planning the Social Future" module, students will have obtained expertise that deepens their existing Social Innovation skills. They will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Learn about fundamental terminology and concepts relating to public health, health promotion, health literacy and prevention. Learn about the history of public health and current developments in the field. Be able to apply fundamental approaches from different academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, cultural studies, political science) that relate to issues of space. Learn about terms relating to integration, inclusion and migration pedagogy and their origin. Learn about the terms racism, everyday racism, culturalism and different types of discrimination. Gain theory-based knowledge of the links between public articulation and political influence. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of the demands placed on new public health against a background of demographic change and health inequalities. Gain knowledge of different concepts of space, their origin and their application in social contexts and be able to apply this knowledge. Gain knowledge of current migration data both to and from Salzburg, Austria and Europe and research on this data. Gain knowledge of the relationship between encounters between different social groups and social conflict. Gain knowledge of regional migrant movements, such as migrant self-organisations and migrant cultural associations in Salzburg. Gain knowledge of different forms of articulation within a civil society, such as the "Theatre of the Oppressed", performance art and demonstrations. Classify the desires articulated in civil society within the context of (emancipatory) Social Innovation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Gain an insight into key fields of action in health promotion and health promotion strategies. Be able to put health promotion into practice. Gain methodological skills in corporate, regional and school health promotion. Learn about methods and techniques of analysing social space. Learn about the concepts concerning the appropriation of public space and their basic theoretical principles. Study and analyse the social conflicts that arise as a result of encounters between heterogeneous groups and formulate solutions to these conflicts. Gain knowledge of techniques for managing stigma. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the impact of virtual space on material space. Be able to apply theoretical approaches to social space in specific urban and (public) space planning contexts. - Other key competencies: Be able to view society from a space perspective and analyse the impact of space on citizens' lifeworlds. The three courses delivered for the module in Semester 4 take the form of "open lectures", i.e. a guest lecture on each day of the course that can also be attended by external visitors. The content of the lecture is then discussed and evaluated during a seminar. The results from the open lectures are documented and published as a series of texts wherever possible.

Master's Thesis Seminar I

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM3BM1RC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 10
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The course is delivered through regular group sessions, which give students an opportunity to discuss elements of their master's thesis with their supervisors and present their interim results and conclusions on a regular basis.

Superior module:

Master's Thesis

Module description:

After completing this module, students will be able to independently design a scientific questionnaire relating to the development of Social Innovations. The master's thesis gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to select a relevant topic in an area of scientific interest and apply appropriate methodologies. The module is delivered in the form of a research colloquium and acts as a forum for critical discussion of research in the social sciences. Students will also have learned how to defend the hypotheses and contents of their master's thesis in the plenum as well as in small groups. Master's theses can be written on one of the following topics relating to Social Innovation: - "Childhood, Youth and Family" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "Social Environment" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "New Public Health and Generations" (MA knowledge line) - "Globalisation, Migration and Diversity" (MA knowledge line) - "Social Inequality and Empowerment" (MA knowledge line) - Focus chosen according to social sciences bachelor's subject or work experience Small group seminars are accompanied by one-to-one supervisions with a supervisor. The master's thesis integrates all of the general and specialised content competencies, methodological expertise, social and communicative skills and other competencies gained by the student during the course of their programme.

New Public Health (and Demographic Change)

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM3NPBIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Demographic change and other social developments (such as migration and social inequality) have a major impact on a population's health. Increasing financial difficulties and issues of supply in social care and healthcare mean that innovative, multi-dimensional, intersectoral approaches in the form of new public health strategies are needed to deal with these developments. This course addresses the concepts and theories of health promotion and disease prevention, as well as different perspectives and the latest developments in the field. Students on this course also consider new approaches to healthcare. Determinants of health and equal health opportunities form a particular focus for the course and discussions take place on the impact these factors have on health-related fields of action, within the context of "Health in All Policies" objectives and WHO/Austrian health targets.

Superior module:

Planning the Social Future

Module description:

After completing the "Planning the Social Future" module, students will have obtained expertise that deepens their existing Social Innovation skills. They will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Learn about fundamental terminology and concepts relating to public health, health promotion, health literacy and prevention. Learn about the history of public health and current developments in the field. Be able to apply fundamental approaches from different academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, cultural studies, political science) that relate to issues of space. Learn about terms relating to integration, inclusion and migration pedagogy and their origin. Learn about the terms racism, everyday racism, culturalism and different types of discrimination. Gain theory-based knowledge of the links between public articulation and political influence. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of the demands placed on new public health against a background of demographic change and health inequalities. Gain knowledge of different concepts of space, their origin and their application in social contexts and be able to apply this knowledge. Gain knowledge of current migration data both to and from Salzburg, Austria and Europe and research on this data. Gain knowledge of the relationship between encounters between different social groups and social conflict. Gain knowledge of regional migrant movements, such as migrant self-organisations and migrant cultural associations in Salzburg. Gain knowledge of different forms of articulation within a civil society, such as the "Theatre of the Oppressed", performance art and demonstrations. Classify the desires articulated in civil society within the context of (emancipatory) Social Innovation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Gain an insight into key fields of action in health promotion and health promotion strategies. Be able to put health promotion into practice. Gain methodological skills in corporate, regional and school health promotion. Learn about methods and techniques of analysing social space. Learn about the concepts concerning the appropriation of public space and their basic theoretical principles. Study and analyse the social conflicts that arise as a result of encounters between heterogeneous groups and formulate solutions to these conflicts. Gain knowledge of techniques for managing stigma. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the impact of virtual space on material space. Be able to apply theoretical approaches to social space in specific urban and (public) space planning contexts. - Other key competencies: Be able to view society from a space perspective and analyse the impact of space on citizens' lifeworlds. The three courses delivered for the module in Semester 4 take the form of "open lectures", i.e. a guest lecture on each day of the course that can also be attended by external visitors. The content of the lecture is then discussed and evaluated during a seminar. The results from the open lectures are documented and published as a series of texts wherever possible.

Project and Process Development

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM3PUPIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

This course builds on Module 4.1. ("Practical Project"). The aim of this course is to integrate the knowledge gained by students in the previous module as well as the projects produced during that module. In this course, students expand their knowledge of the various structural, functional and methodological aspects of developing a professional project or process. The importance and usefulness of professional project and process work in Social Innovations forms a particular focus on the course. By learning and testing out different methods and approaches in project and process management, students are encouraged to develop their own ideas for Social Innovations; apply their theoretical knowledge to the development of a project and process; plan their innovation during the practical element of the course; and ideally go on to implement it at the end. Students are also given a very brief introduction to computer-based project and process management tools.

Superior module:

Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context

Module description:

In the "Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context" module, students deepen their knowledge of fundamental methods and gain the following skills: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Knowledge of the significance of public relations to Social Innovations and how PR is used in this field. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: A sound, detailed understanding of process and project development and conflict diagnosis, management and handling. A deeper understanding of the fundamentals of conflict management. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: The ability to effectively present ideas and/or Social Innovations to the public. The ability to deal with conflict professionally. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: The ability to use conflict management and dialogue skills to respond to even problematic situations in a professional manner. - Other key competencies: A change in attitude and an open approach to different viewpoints. During the "Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context" module, students learn about the importance of developing professional projects and processes, approaches to conflict transformation and the different methods used in modern public relations work, with a particular focus on social media.

Public Relations and Social Media

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM3OSMIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Our society is constantly changing, which encourages and/or demands Social Innovation. The internet and the increasing number of Web 2.0 app users are above all changing the way we interact and use media. In this course, students gain fundamental knowledge of the different approaches and methods used in public relations, with reference being made primarily to practical, up-to-date examples that demonstrate the interplay between public relations and Social Innovations. The growing demand for information means that targeted public relations work is becoming increasingly vital to Social Innovations. Media communication is also changing due to the increasing importance of social media interactions. This process of change supports the democratisation of knowledge and information: users are now more than just consumers as they produce their own media content and form networks to exchange new ideas. This course aims to teach students about the function and significance of professional public relations work in Social Innovations (with a particular focus on social media). They also learn about public relations methods and are given an opportunity to try them out for themselves.

Superior module:

Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context

Module description:

In the "Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context" module, students deepen their knowledge of fundamental methods and gain the following skills: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Knowledge of the significance of public relations to Social Innovations and how PR is used in this field. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: A sound, detailed understanding of process and project development and conflict diagnosis, management and handling. A deeper understanding of the fundamentals of conflict management. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: The ability to effectively present ideas and/or Social Innovations to the public. The ability to deal with conflict professionally. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: The ability to use conflict management and dialogue skills to respond to even problematic situations in a professional manner. - Other key competencies: A change in attitude and an open approach to different viewpoints. During the "Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context" module, students learn about the importance of developing professional projects and processes, approaches to conflict transformation and the different methods used in modern public relations work, with a particular focus on social media.

Social Space and Spatial Planning

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM3SRPIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

For many years, space as a fundamental dimension of human activity was given insufficient consideration within social scientific thinking. The importance of space is stressed in particular within German-language social work, a field that, due to its (historic) expertise in dealing with issues of space (community work, socio-cultural neighbourhood work, neighbourhood social work, neighbourhood management, participation, etc.), makes for a perfect partner in planning sciences, such as public space planning. In addition to exploring theoretical perspectives on social space, this course places a huge emphasis on discussing examples from recent and current space planning processes.

Superior module:

Planning the Social Future

Module description:

After completing the "Planning the Social Future" module, students will have obtained expertise that deepens their existing Social Innovation skills. They will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Learn about fundamental terminology and concepts relating to public health, health promotion, health literacy and prevention. Learn about the history of public health and current developments in the field. Be able to apply fundamental approaches from different academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, cultural studies, political science) that relate to issues of space. Learn about terms relating to integration, inclusion and migration pedagogy and their origin. Learn about the terms racism, everyday racism, culturalism and different types of discrimination. Gain theory-based knowledge of the links between public articulation and political influence. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of the demands placed on new public health against a background of demographic change and health inequalities. Gain knowledge of different concepts of space, their origin and their application in social contexts and be able to apply this knowledge. Gain knowledge of current migration data both to and from Salzburg, Austria and Europe and research on this data. Gain knowledge of the relationship between encounters between different social groups and social conflict. Gain knowledge of regional migrant movements, such as migrant self-organisations and migrant cultural associations in Salzburg. Gain knowledge of different forms of articulation within a civil society, such as the "Theatre of the Oppressed", performance art and demonstrations. Classify the desires articulated in civil society within the context of (emancipatory) Social Innovation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Gain an insight into key fields of action in health promotion and health promotion strategies. Be able to put health promotion into practice. Gain methodological skills in corporate, regional and school health promotion. Learn about methods and techniques of analysing social space. Learn about the concepts concerning the appropriation of public space and their basic theoretical principles. Study and analyse the social conflicts that arise as a result of encounters between heterogeneous groups and formulate solutions to these conflicts. Gain knowledge of techniques for managing stigma. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the impact of virtual space on material space. Be able to apply theoretical approaches to social space in specific urban and (public) space planning contexts. - Other key competencies: Be able to view society from a space perspective and analyse the impact of space on citizens' lifeworlds. The three courses delivered for the module in Semester 4 take the form of "open lectures", i.e. a guest lecture on each day of the course that can also be attended by external visitors. The content of the lecture is then discussed and evaluated during a seminar. The results from the open lectures are documented and published as a series of texts wherever possible.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Conflict Management and Transformation

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM4KBTIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Social conflict is an everyday phenomenon that occurs at the micro-, meso- and macro-level and affects us all, particularly if we are developing Social Innovations. We each have our own individual strategies for dealing with such conflict, but there are also a number of professional methods and tools that can be used to analyse, diagnose and handle conflict. In this course, students focus on Friedrich Glasl's model for conflict diagnosis, analysis, escalation and de-escalation, which they then apply at the micro-, meso- and macro-level to real-world examples of conflict. The course draws in the ideas of thinkers such as Johan Galtung to consider the topic of conflict transformation, with students analysing the different parameters of conflict in more detail and exploring cultural, structural and institutional violence using practical examples.

Superior module:

Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context

Module description:

In the "Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context" module, students deepen their knowledge of fundamental methods and gain the following skills: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Knowledge of the significance of public relations to Social Innovations and how PR is used in this field. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: A sound, detailed understanding of process and project development and conflict diagnosis, management and handling. A deeper understanding of the fundamentals of conflict management. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: The ability to effectively present ideas and/or Social Innovations to the public. The ability to deal with conflict professionally. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: The ability to use conflict management and dialogue skills to respond to even problematic situations in a professional manner. - Other key competencies: A change in attitude and an open approach to different viewpoints. During the "Developing Social Innovations in an Organisational Context" module, students learn about the importance of developing professional projects and processes, approaches to conflict transformation and the different methods used in modern public relations work, with a particular focus on social media.

Final Examination

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM4MAPDP
Type DP
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 0
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The Master's final examination before a committee is an oral examination on the subject areas of the Master thesis as well as on its connection to relevant subjects of the curriculum.

Superior module:

Master's Thesis

Module description:

After completing this module, students will be able to independently design a scientific questionnaire relating to the development of Social Innovations. The master's thesis gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to select a relevant topic in an area of scientific interest and apply appropriate methodologies. The module is delivered in the form of a research colloquium and acts as a forum for critical discussion of research in the social sciences. Students will also have learned how to defend the hypotheses and contents of their master's thesis in the plenum as well as in small groups. Master's theses can be written on one of the following topics relating to Social Innovation: - "Childhood, Youth and Family" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "Social Environment" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "New Public Health and Generations" (MA knowledge line) - "Globalisation, Migration and Diversity" (MA knowledge line) - "Social Inequality and Empowerment" (MA knowledge line) - Focus chosen according to social sciences bachelor's subject or work experience Small group seminars are accompanied by one-to-one supervisions with a supervisor. The master's thesis integrates all of the general and specialised content competencies, methodological expertise, social and communicative skills and other competencies gained by the student during the course of their programme.

Master's Thesis

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM4MAAIT
Type IT
Kind Diploma/master thesis
INTL-Code 3
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 13.5
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Write a master's thesis

Superior module:

Master's Thesis

Module description:

After completing this module, students will be able to independently design a scientific questionnaire relating to the development of Social Innovations. The master's thesis gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to select a relevant topic in an area of scientific interest and apply appropriate methodologies. The module is delivered in the form of a research colloquium and acts as a forum for critical discussion of research in the social sciences. Students will also have learned how to defend the hypotheses and contents of their master's thesis in the plenum as well as in small groups. Master's theses can be written on one of the following topics relating to Social Innovation: - "Childhood, Youth and Family" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "Social Environment" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "New Public Health and Generations" (MA knowledge line) - "Globalisation, Migration and Diversity" (MA knowledge line) - "Social Inequality and Empowerment" (MA knowledge line) - Focus chosen according to social sciences bachelor's subject or work experience Small group seminars are accompanied by one-to-one supervisions with a supervisor. The master's thesis integrates all of the general and specialised content competencies, methodological expertise, social and communicative skills and other competencies gained by the student during the course of their programme.

Master's Thesis Seminar II

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM4BM2RC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 3
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 8
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The course is delivered through regular group sessions, which give students an opportunity to discuss elements of their master's thesis with their supervisors and present their interim results and conclusions on a regular basis.

Superior module:

Master's Thesis

Module description:

After completing this module, students will be able to independently design a scientific questionnaire relating to the development of Social Innovations. The master's thesis gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to select a relevant topic in an area of scientific interest and apply appropriate methodologies. The module is delivered in the form of a research colloquium and acts as a forum for critical discussion of research in the social sciences. Students will also have learned how to defend the hypotheses and contents of their master's thesis in the plenum as well as in small groups. Master's theses can be written on one of the following topics relating to Social Innovation: - "Childhood, Youth and Family" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "Social Environment" (as a continuation of the "Social Work" BA) - "New Public Health and Generations" (MA knowledge line) - "Globalisation, Migration and Diversity" (MA knowledge line) - "Social Inequality and Empowerment" (MA knowledge line) - Focus chosen according to social sciences bachelor's subject or work experience Small group seminars are accompanied by one-to-one supervisions with a supervisor. The master's thesis integrates all of the general and specialised content competencies, methodological expertise, social and communicative skills and other competencies gained by the student during the course of their programme.

OPEN LECTURE: Alternative Models for Society

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM4AGMRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 4
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

This "open lecture" offers students a deeper insight into alternative models for society, a field that has increased in breadth over the years. The lecture addresses the causes behind our current social, economic and environmental problems and also presents specific examples of alternative models for society at a micro-, meso- and macro-level and their impacts. The course focuses on a number of alternative models for society as well as the following questions: What theories, beliefs and images of humanity are alternative models for society based on? Which players and interests are these models informed by? What alternative models for society are already in existence? What examples can be given at a micro-, meso- and macro-level and what are people's experiences of these?

Superior module:

Planning the Social Future

Module description:

After completing the "Planning the Social Future" module, students will have obtained expertise that deepens their existing Social Innovation skills. They will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Learn about fundamental terminology and concepts relating to public health, health promotion, health literacy and prevention. Learn about the history of public health and current developments in the field. Be able to apply fundamental approaches from different academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, cultural studies, political science) that relate to issues of space. Learn about terms relating to integration, inclusion and migration pedagogy and their origin. Learn about the terms racism, everyday racism, culturalism and different types of discrimination. Gain theory-based knowledge of the links between public articulation and political influence. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of the demands placed on new public health against a background of demographic change and health inequalities. Gain knowledge of different concepts of space, their origin and their application in social contexts and be able to apply this knowledge. Gain knowledge of current migration data both to and from Salzburg, Austria and Europe and research on this data. Gain knowledge of the relationship between encounters between different social groups and social conflict. Gain knowledge of regional migrant movements, such as migrant self-organisations and migrant cultural associations in Salzburg. Gain knowledge of different forms of articulation within a civil society, such as the "Theatre of the Oppressed", performance art and demonstrations. Classify the desires articulated in civil society within the context of (emancipatory) Social Innovation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Gain an insight into key fields of action in health promotion and health promotion strategies. Be able to put health promotion into practice. Gain methodological skills in corporate, regional and school health promotion. Learn about methods and techniques of analysing social space. Learn about the concepts concerning the appropriation of public space and their basic theoretical principles. Study and analyse the social conflicts that arise as a result of encounters between heterogeneous groups and formulate solutions to these conflicts. Gain knowledge of techniques for managing stigma. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the impact of virtual space on material space. Be able to apply theoretical approaches to social space in specific urban and (public) space planning contexts. - Other key competencies: Be able to view society from a space perspective and analyse the impact of space on citizens' lifeworlds. The three courses delivered for the module in Semester 4 take the form of "open lectures", i.e. a guest lecture on each day of the course that can also be attended by external visitors. The content of the lecture is then discussed and evaluated during a seminar. The results from the open lectures are documented and published as a series of texts wherever possible.

OPEN LECTURE: Health Promotion and Health Literacy

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM4GGKRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 4
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

This course examines health promotion, the actual flow of health promotion projects (cyclical) and the fundamental principles of successful health promotion. This includes in particular consideration of proven methods of implementing health promotion measures in different settings (e.g. commercial, community, school) as well as health promotion at a behavioural and relationship level and how it is embedded in structures. This course also considers the development and strengthening of health literacy as an innovative method of promoting health within different target groups and settings.

Superior module:

Planning the Social Future

Module description:

After completing the "Planning the Social Future" module, students will have obtained expertise that deepens their existing Social Innovation skills. They will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Learn about fundamental terminology and concepts relating to public health, health promotion, health literacy and prevention. Learn about the history of public health and current developments in the field. Be able to apply fundamental approaches from different academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, cultural studies, political science) that relate to issues of space. Learn about terms relating to integration, inclusion and migration pedagogy and their origin. Learn about the terms racism, everyday racism, culturalism and different types of discrimination. Gain theory-based knowledge of the links between public articulation and political influence. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of the demands placed on new public health against a background of demographic change and health inequalities. Gain knowledge of different concepts of space, their origin and their application in social contexts and be able to apply this knowledge. Gain knowledge of current migration data both to and from Salzburg, Austria and Europe and research on this data. Gain knowledge of the relationship between encounters between different social groups and social conflict. Gain knowledge of regional migrant movements, such as migrant self-organisations and migrant cultural associations in Salzburg. Gain knowledge of different forms of articulation within a civil society, such as the "Theatre of the Oppressed", performance art and demonstrations. Classify the desires articulated in civil society within the context of (emancipatory) Social Innovation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Gain an insight into key fields of action in health promotion and health promotion strategies. Be able to put health promotion into practice. Gain methodological skills in corporate, regional and school health promotion. Learn about methods and techniques of analysing social space. Learn about the concepts concerning the appropriation of public space and their basic theoretical principles. Study and analyse the social conflicts that arise as a result of encounters between heterogeneous groups and formulate solutions to these conflicts. Gain knowledge of techniques for managing stigma. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the impact of virtual space on material space. Be able to apply theoretical approaches to social space in specific urban and (public) space planning contexts. - Other key competencies: Be able to view society from a space perspective and analyse the impact of space on citizens' lifeworlds. The three courses delivered for the module in Semester 4 take the form of "open lectures", i.e. a guest lecture on each day of the course that can also be attended by external visitors. The content of the lecture is then discussed and evaluated during a seminar. The results from the open lectures are documented and published as a series of texts wherever possible.

OPEN LECTURE: Public Space and Civil Society

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZM4ORZRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 4
SWS 1
ECTS Credits 1.5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Emancipatory Social Innovation can be viewed as a special form of Social Innovation that enables players in civil society to plan social change "from below". According to Gramsci's theory of hegemony, workable political decisions cannot be made in modern societies without the acceptance of civil society: locations where civil society can freely articulate its demands are therefore actively sought out. This course presents students with examples of these forms of articulation and analyses the coalitions of interests that give rise to them and which sections of a heterogeneous society they can address. These forms of articulation can include political theatre or other politically motivated public space art forms, demonstrations or forms of public space appropriation that have an impact on social discourse and in turn innovations.

Superior module:

Planning the Social Future

Module description:

After completing the "Planning the Social Future" module, students will have obtained expertise that deepens their existing Social Innovation skills. They will: - General professional competencies/knowledge: Learn about fundamental terminology and concepts relating to public health, health promotion, health literacy and prevention. Learn about the history of public health and current developments in the field. Be able to apply fundamental approaches from different academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, cultural studies, political science) that relate to issues of space. Learn about terms relating to integration, inclusion and migration pedagogy and their origin. Learn about the terms racism, everyday racism, culturalism and different types of discrimination. Gain theory-based knowledge of the links between public articulation and political influence. - Specialised professional competencies/deepened knowledge: Gain knowledge of the demands placed on new public health against a background of demographic change and health inequalities. Gain knowledge of different concepts of space, their origin and their application in social contexts and be able to apply this knowledge. Gain knowledge of current migration data both to and from Salzburg, Austria and Europe and research on this data. Gain knowledge of the relationship between encounters between different social groups and social conflict. Gain knowledge of regional migrant movements, such as migrant self-organisations and migrant cultural associations in Salzburg. Gain knowledge of different forms of articulation within a civil society, such as the "Theatre of the Oppressed", performance art and demonstrations. Classify the desires articulated in civil society within the context of (emancipatory) Social Innovation. - Methodological competencies/behaviour: Gain an insight into key fields of action in health promotion and health promotion strategies. Be able to put health promotion into practice. Gain methodological skills in corporate, regional and school health promotion. Learn about methods and techniques of analysing social space. Learn about the concepts concerning the appropriation of public space and their basic theoretical principles. Study and analyse the social conflicts that arise as a result of encounters between heterogeneous groups and formulate solutions to these conflicts. Gain knowledge of techniques for managing stigma. - Social and communicative competencies/skills: Discuss the impact of virtual space on material space. Be able to apply theoretical approaches to social space in specific urban and (public) space planning contexts. - Other key competencies: Be able to view society from a space perspective and analyse the impact of space on citizens' lifeworlds. The three courses delivered for the module in Semester 4 take the form of "open lectures", i.e. a guest lecture on each day of the course that can also be attended by external visitors. The content of the lecture is then discussed and evaluated during a seminar. The results from the open lectures are documented and published as a series of texts wherever possible.

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SemesterSemesters 1, 3, 5: courses held only in winter semester (mid-September to end of January), Semesters 2, 4, 6: courses held only in summer semester (mid-February to end of June)
SWSweekly contact hours over 14 weeks in semester (example SWS 2 equals 28 contact hours for the whole course
ECTS CreditsWork load in ECTS credits, 1 ECTS credit equals an estimated 25 hours of work for the student
INTL-CodeIndicates categories for incoming students
5: offered in English on a routine basis
4: offered in English if a specified number of incoming students attend (usually 3)
3: taught in German but support material in English, exams can also be taken in English, active support from a student buddy
2: taught in German, incoming students require sufficient German proficiency to follow class
1: not available for incomings
TypeBP = Bachelor final exam
DP/MP = Master final exam
IL = Lecture with integrated project work
IT = Individual training/phases
LB = Lab (session)
PS = Pro-seminar
PT = Project
RC = Course with integrated reflective practice
RE = Revision course
SE = Seminar
TU = Tutorial
UB = Practice session/Subject practical sessions
VO = Lecture