Your interests lie in social issues, politics, and business? If you believe that everyone can make a difference, then the Bachelor's degree in Social Economics is the degree for you!
Would environmental activist Greta Thunberg get the same worldwide attention if she were 60 years old? How can Austrian companies compete successfully and beat cheaper competition from China? Enroll in the Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics and you will find the answers to these questions and more. The program is a unique combination of welfare and social policy, business, law, and sociology.
You will acquire social, cultural and interdisciplinary problem-solving skills and create new paths for business, government, and society.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
German (Level C1)
The Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics is constructed as follows:
New students will be required to complete the StEOP requirements at the beginning of the Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics. The required StEOP courses are outlined in the curriculum. You must pass the required StEOP courses or you will be limited when trying to register for additional courses.
The Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics consists of a combination of the following areas:
How does our world tick and what can we do better? The Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics gives you an opportunity to find answers - in areas of political science, social policy research, business, and sociology. As a student, you will develop the following skills and capabilities:
Would €150 a month be enough to live on in Austria? How does the public transportation network in Linz expand? Exciting experiments and real-world, socio-political research projects await you during your studies!
You don't have to commit from the start when you being the Social Economics program. Be inspired by your interests and shape your career the way you want to after your studies. You have many possibilities!
In order to enroll in a Bachelor's degree in Social Economics, you must fulfill the following admission requirements:
What are the differences between the degree programs in Social Economics,
Sociology, and Business & Economics?
Social Economics is an interdisciplinary degree program, meaning the curriculum includes studies in societal and social policy, sociology and business. You learn how to look at social problems from different academic perspectives as well as play a key role in developing solutions at the interface of politics, society, and business.
The Sociology degree program focuses in-depth and from a sociological perspective on the theoretical and empirical analysis of social problems.
The Economics degree program covers a variety of topics, including economics and the environment, emissions trading, trade wars, health systems, an ageing society, etc. You become more familiar with "the big picture" in business and the daily interactions with people and companies. There are three main areas at JKU: Economics, Economics & Business, and Economics & Psychology.
Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?
In general, yes. However, courses requiring on-site attendance take place throughout the day (such as compact courses, seminars) so you must have a certain amount of flexibility in your schedule.
Can I complete courses online, via distance learning for example?
A few individual courses are offered online via MuSSS (the Multi-Media Studies Services SOWI program), such as cost management. However, the majority of required courses take place on campus.
What are the stipulations for Social Economics regarding requirements for the
Introductory and Orientation Phase (StEOP)?
The so-called StEOP requirements are comprised of certain courses, such as KS Grundbegriffe und Grundzüge der Politik; KS Grundzüge der Sozialpolitik, which must successfully pass at the beginning of the program. The StEOP requirements have been designed to provide you with an overview of the curriculum. We recommend that you take all StEOP courses during the first semester of your studies.
How good does my English have to be?
There are no formal requirements for proficiency in English however, if you take the elective "Social Security", you have to complete an English-language course titled "Comparative Social Policy". You should also be able to understand articles and textbooks written in English. During the semester, you can improve your English through independent studies.
What are the specialization options in the program?
Social Economics consists of studies in the areas of societal and social policy, sociology, and business. During the course of your studies, you will be focusing on all three areas. Societal and Social Policy gives you an opportunity to choose between specializing in Social Security and Social Philosophy. For business, you can choose a focus on business administration, economics or e-business. In Sociology, you can choose between two basic courses in Special Sociology or Special Sociology with a specialization.
Is there a final examination for the Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics?
No. You fulfill all of the requirements for the Bachelor's degree in Social Economics after you have successfully completed all of the mandatory and elective modules, the Bachelor's thesis, and the autonomous coursework. You can write your Bachelor's thesis as part of a class in the fields of societal and social policy, sociology and business.
At the Gespol Institute you will write your Bachelor's thesis as part of a compact course, such as Politische Ideen, Ausgewählte Aspekte der vergeschlechtlichten Sozialpolitik, etc.
We recommend your Bachelor's thesis be approximately 40 pages (all inclusive). For additional information, see the Gespol Institute's Moodle page regarding Academic Papers.
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing an advanced degree:
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