Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (Graduate)

→ Heads About the COSOPO Programme

• Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vida Česnuitytė
COSOPO is a Joint Master’s study programme. It is an international and multidisciplinary programme: you will gain knowledge about social policies in the countries representing different welfare state models by studying in three European universities (Lithuania, Finland, and Austria). The Programme offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural communication: intensive programmes bring together students and teachers from partner universities to participate in lectures, seminars and field visits. Afterwards, the courses continued online. Such organization of the studies allows combination of studies with work or other activities.
Graduates get a Diploma, signed by Rectors of three European universities. You are welcome to join this Joint Master Study Programme!

→ Strengths

European level Master Diploma from one of three Universities: Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), Tampere University (Finland) and Johannes Kepler University (Austria)
Multi-cultural Environment: A Two-week intensive programmes which take place at the beginning of each semester, every time in different partner university
Flexibility: Online learning available
Competitive Knowledge Adressing Market Needs

    → Characteristics

    Locale: Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), Vilnius Lithuania; Tampere University (TAU), Finland; and Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU), Austria
    Field: Sociology – Social Sciences
    Tuition fees: 2398 EUR/ per year for EU students, and 3120 EUR/per year for Non-EU citizens; and about 17 EUR for the Students Association fee in Austria
    Duration: 2 years
    Credits: 120 ECTS
    Language: English

      → Content of Lectures


             •First year

              •Second year

      Autumn Semester

      Theories of Welfare States and Comparative Social Policy: An Introduction


      Continental model: Austrian system of work and social

      Master’s Thesis and Thesis Seminar

      East European Model: Lithuanian System of Work and Social Security

      Elective Courses; students choose three courses from the following courses:

      Nordic Model: Nordic Welfare Societies

      Gender and Social ideas

      The Liberal Welfare States

      Family Policy

      Methodology of social and comparative research

      Political Dynamics of Social policy-Making in Select Fields


      Social Demography


      Social Inequality and Exclusion


      Work, Employment and Welfare

      Spring Semester

      Comparative Research in Social Policy

      Master’s Thesis

      European Social Policy : Content and Actors


      Theories of Welfare States


      Quantitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design


      Qualitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design


      Research Work


      → Job Opportunities

      Graduates are expected to work in the areas of welfare management and social policy development and they will be able to apply their skills in creating, developing and evaluating social Programmes and projects.
      Examples of working place of previous students: Social Research Institutes, Universities, Ministry of Social Security and Welfare, NGOs in social protection sphere.

      → Entry Requirements

      Degrees: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent first university degree (3-year study duration minimum)
      • English level: At least a B2-level of English proven by a certification (IELTS or TOEFL): the certification can be organized by long distance

        → Students About the Programme

         • Dmitryi Metilka, Graduate from Ukraine:
        Why did you choose this particular program at MRU?
        Foremost, its content was in line with my previous research interests (social philosophy), but is was more grounded on empirical data and more practically oriented (social policies), and it allowed to get acquainted with the international experience (Lithuania, Austria, Finland) of solving social issues.
        What possibilities has it opened for you?
        My position on the labour market was significantly enhanced (after returning to Ukraine, I have easily found a job as lecturer at the college in Zaporizhzhya, in my home city). It also facilitated my further academic development since one year later on I have won a scholarship in the international PhD programme.
        How have studies influenced your career?
        I have prepared the research project that is continuing the topic chosen for my Master’s thesis "Domestic Violence Against Women", and now I may conduct my research within the "Phoenix" Joint Doctorate Programme on Dynamics of Health and Welfare that unites the universities and research centres from three European countries (Portugal, Sweden and France).
        What can you say about studies in Lithuania in general?
        Finally - last but not least - a couple of warm words about my Lithuanian period of studies. It was really very useful and comfortable to study there since the process was perfectly organized from the very beginning (even before my departure from Ukraine when I have got the maximal organizational support from the staff responsible for the international activities) until the end, and teachers were always ready to help both in academic and more in practical matters.

        For more detailed Informations click here

        To see the brochure of the Programme here

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