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!
Just how are the "correct" and appropriate measures decided during a pandemic? How radical does climate policy have to be in order to sit up and take notice? Just how much willingness to compromise is there? What is 'fair distribution' when it comes to the strain and pressure brought about by inflation and the energy crisis and just who determines what is fair?
The JKU's Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics is a unique combination of political science, social policy, economics, sociology, and law, providing you with answers to these questions and more!
In addition to a subject-specific and expert understanding in the field, you will also acquire a strong social social skill set, along with the ability to address and solve cultural and interdisciplinary issues during your studies, discovering new paths to support government, the business community, and society.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
German (Level C1)
Full-Time / Part-Time Possible
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:
Societal and social policy: This central subject are in the social economics program provides you with expertise and skills, particularly when sociologically analyzing government and politics. Drawing on an international comparative perspective, you will identify the global challenges facing societies, explore policy concepts, and look at ways of addressing these challenges.
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? Just how does Linz' public transportation network grow? Exciting experiments and real-world, socio-political research projects await you during your studies!
When majoring in Social Economics, you do not have to commit to a certain field from the start. Be inspired by your interests and shape your career the way you want to after you graduate. You have many options!
In order to enroll in a Bachelor's degree in Social Economics, you must fulfill the following admission requirements:
Social economics is an interdisciplinary program, meaning the curriculum includes a combination of political sciences with sociological, business, and legal approaches. You acquire an ability to look at social problems from different scientific perspectives, as well as play a key role in developing solutions at the crossroads 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 program addresses business decision-making in microeconomic or macroeconomic settings for a variety of subject areas, such as the environment and sustainability, emissions trading, trade wars, the healthcare systems, aging societies, etc. You learn about "the big picture" in business and the daily interactions with people and companies.
In general, yes. However, courses and seminars requiring on-site attendance take place throughout the day so your schedule must be fairly flexible. In addition, please be aware that it takes longer to complete the program on a part-time basis compared to full-time studies.
A few individual courses are offered online via MuSSS, opens an external URL in a new window (the Multi-Media Studies Services SOWI program), such as cost management. However, the majority of required courses take place on campus.
The introductory courses provide an overview of various subject areas (political science, social policy, sociology, economics, business) that have been designed to provide you with an overview of the curriculum. If possible, we recommend taking all of the require StEOP courses during the first semester as you must successfully pass these courses in order to continue on with your studies.
There are no formal requirements for proficiency in English however, you must be able to understand English-language articles and textbooks as course materials (textbooks, readers, etc.) are often in English and you will be required to complete some courses (such as the English-language course "Comparative Social Policy"). Two courses offered at the start of your studies, "English for Social Economists", can help with your proficiency in English.
Social economics consists of studies in the areas of societal and social policy, sociology, business, economics, and, to a lesser extent, law. During the course of your studies, you will have to set priorities in all of these areas.The in-depth study of social and socio-political sciences involves selecting the courses that interest you among a defined range of courses. When studying sociology, you choose what interests you from a wide range of special topics in sociology. When studying law, you choose between public and private law, and later on between labor and social law. When studyng business and economics, you choose either business administration or economics and then choose from a wide variety of subject courses within your area of specialization.
No. You fulfill all of the requirements for the Bachelor's degree in Social Economics once you have successfully completed all of the mandatory and elective modules, the Bachelor's thesis, and the autonomous coursework. You will compose your Bachelor's degree thesis as part of a course. Aside from key qualifications, there are courses in all of the subject areas that you have studied available for this purpose.
At the Gespol Institute, you will write your Bachelor's thesis as part of a course either from the subject area "Political Ideas and Systems" (i.e. "Political Institutions in Europe"), or from the subject area "Social and Societal Politics: Selected Topics and Fields of Application" (i.e. "Comparative Political Science").
We recommend that your Bachelor's thesis be approximately 40 pages (all inclusive). See: Academic Papers, opens an external URL in a new window on Gespol's Moodle page for additional information.
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing an advanced degree:
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