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Master's Degree in Civic Studies

European integration and globalization, particularly progressive international integration, flexibility and transgressing market boundaries along with accompanying social, cultural and political phenonemna have created a need for a program to ensure politically mature action on the part of its citizens in terms of the principle for democratic co-determination.

The Master's degree program in Civic Studies provides students with a wide variety of subject content and interdisciplinary education aimed at acquiring the following qualifications and skills:

1. Ability to Form a Politically Educated Opinion: ability and aptness to analyze hot-button issues and controversial policies in government, industry and society as well as critically review other perspectives and evaluate the resulting behavior and actions of the involved parties according to rational, i.e. “objective” criteria.
2. Political Responsibility and Decision-Making Skills: Skill set and aptness to causatively and argumentatively formulate and articulate individual positions regarding political issues and raise awareness of the needs and attitudes of others as well as work on solutions to economical and societal problems.
3. Politically Oriented Skill Set in Methodology: ability and aptness to have command of and apply corresponding methods to search for information and build an opinion.
4. Media Skills: ability and aptness to analyze and discuss media reports as well as apply information in accordance with didactic methods (see below).
5. Social Skills: the ability and aptness to communicate, respond as well as critically argue and cooperate with other people on a personal and professional level.
6. Educational Skills: ability and aptness to initiate, create, deliberate on and ensure students' educational and personality development processes in regards to political education.
7. Didactic Methods: ability and aptness to process, deliberate on, create, evaluate and further develop constructive educational learning processes in accordance with expertise in the above-mentioned political and politically oriented skills, social skills and the educational needs of individual students and/or larger groups
8. (Self) Relection: individuals are affected by the society in different ways and to a certain extent, they can exercise some influence in it. It is therefore necessary to have the ability to reflect upon the magnitude of each individual’s autonomy.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Master's degree program in Civic Studies are in a position to fulfil the requirements of job profiles in the following professional fields:

  • Adult Education
  • Social Work and Social Work with Teens and Young Adults
  • Public Government Service Agencies
  • Positions in national and international institutions in social, political and environmental fields such as non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • Teaching “Political Science” or related subjects in schools, such as the subjects mentioned in the decree “Political Science Education” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Art (GZ 33.464/6-19a/78 – Wiederverlautbarung mit GZ 33.466/103-V/4a/94)
  • Positions directly connected with political institutions: local regional and federal politics and jobs in partisan or non-partisan political organizations and institutions etc.

Academic Degree Program / Length

Academic Degree Program: Master's Degree in Civic Studies
Degree Awarded: Master of Arts (MA or MA (JKU))
Program Length: 4 Semesters

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