Bachelor of Arts in Advanced Social Studies

University study programme Advanced Social Studies.
Degree (and type) of the programme: University Study Programme
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters), 180 ECTS
Mode of study: full-time studies, part-time studies
Place of studies: Nova Gorica (full-time and part-time) and Ljubljana (part-time)
Professional title: B.A. in Social Sciences

Social problems and challenges never rest and they never run out. Functioning of democratic societies, the rule of law, the knowledge society, migration, cultural diversity, discrimination, stereotyping, poverty, hunger, unemployment, the right to work, victimization, mobbing, sexual harassment, domestic violence, abuse, online security, addiction, pollution, health care, euthanasia, abortion, genetic engineering, stress, emotional distress, anxiety, depression ... just a few examples from a long list of challenges, which are facing modern people and societies.

There is no solution without understanding. Do you wish to understand the world you live in? Do you wish to analyse social problems and challenges that have been puzzling creative minds for centuries? Enrol into the university study programme Advanced Social Studies.

  • gain thorough knowledge of social rules and systems
  • ​become professional in the acquisition and processing of information
  • analyse actual social, political, cultural and economic processes
  • manage, organize and set directions of social processes

Taking into account that the condition for many jobs in public administration is university education, we advise all those who see their future in the context of public institutions to enrol into a university programme. The university study programme of Advances Social Studies is also an excellent foundation for further studies of more focused Master's programmes.

Curriculum: 

First year

SUBJECTS

1. SEMESTER

2. SEMESTER

CP

CP

Dynamics of Contemporary Society

6

-

Contemporary Political Doctrines

6

-

Introduction into Informatics

6

-

Organizational Communication

6

-

Public Policy and Public Finance Formulation

6

-

Management of Change

-

6

Basic of Economics

-

6

Nonprofit Management

-

6

Social Science Methodology

-

6

Fundamentals of Administrative Law

-

6

Together

30

30

Second year

SUBJECTS

1.SEMESTER

2.SEMESTER

CP

CP

Qualitative Methodology

7

-

Political Systems and Policy Analysis

5

-

Business Economics

5

-

Introduction to General Psychology

6

-

Quantitative Methods 1

7

-

Social Theory

-

5

Quantitative Methods 2

-

7

Research project

-

6

Elective subject 1

-

6

Elective subject 2

-

6

Together

30

30

Third year

SUBJECTS

1.SEMESTER

2.SEMESTER

CP

CP

Strategic Planning

6

-

Public Relations

6

-

Entrepreheurship

6

-

Project Management

6

-

Lobbying and Negotiating techniques

6

-

Elective subject 3

-

6

Elective subject 4

-

6

Entrepreneurial Venture

-

6

Undergraduate thesis

-

12

Together

30

30

 

Elective subjects:

SUBJECTS

CP

Human Geography

6

European Integration

6

Organization Theory

6

Economic Sociology

6

Media and Communication

6

Regional Politics and Regional Development

6

Multivariate Methods

6

European Policy Instruments

6

Political Sociology

6

Sociology of Social Policy

6

General Psychology

6

Management in Health Care

6

Management in Culture

6

Donation Database Management

6

Communication Training

6

Network Analysis

6

Data Bases and Data Analysis

6

Evaluation Methods

6

E-commerce

6

Business Ethics

6

Quality Management and Business Excellence

6

Information Systems

6

Managing Organizations and Processes

6

Political Marketing and Communication

6

Jurisprudence

6

EU Law

6

Human resource planning and policy development

6

Fundraising

6

Creativity

6

Culture and Religion

6

Family Law

6

Culture and Mythology

6

Cultural Anthropoloy of Cyborgs

6

Management in Social Security

6

** Each academic year, the School offers 3-4 elective courses from the entire range, or the offered number depends on the number of students enrolled.

Explanation of acronyms:

  • cp - credits points (ECTS)
Enrolment conditions: 

Enrolment into the 1st year

Pursuant to Article 38 of the Higher Education Act, the following persons may enrol into the study programme Applies Social Studies:

  • anyone who has completed Matura exam,
  • anyone who has completed the vocational Matura in any secondary school programme, and the exam in one of Matura subjects (the selected subject should not be the one that the candidate already passed at the vocational Matura),
  • anyone who has graduated from any high school programme before 01/06/1995.

The School may limit the enrolment, in the case that the number of applicants significantly exceeds the number of places available. In the case of limited enrolment, the candidates from paragraphs A and C are selected according to the criteria of acquired points based on the overall score in the third and fourth year (40% points), and the overall success at the high school graduation exam or professional exam (60% points). Candidates indicated in the paragraph B will be selected based on the overall success of the vocational secondary school graduation exam (40% points), general success in the 3rd and 4th year (40% points), and success at the graduation subject exams (20% points).

Enrolment according to transfer criteria 

Directly into the second year of the study programme of Advanced may enter anyone who has successfully completed a post-secondary education programme, adopted after the 01/01/1994, provided that they meet the conditions for the entry into a university programme. Without differential exams may enrol graduates of similar programmes (in the field of social sciences, humanities, business and administration). Graduates of other programmes must pass the differential exams to the extent of 12 credits in the subjects The Structure of Slovenian Society (6 credits) and Social Science Research Methodology (6 credits) prior to enrolment. In case of a limited enrolment, the candidates will be selected on the basis of an average grade of junior college studies.

You can find more information on differential exams at the following hyperlink.

Directly into the third year of the study programme Advanced social studies may enter:

  • anyone who has successfully completed two years of college studies, adopted before 01/01/1994. Without differential exams may enrol graduates of similar programs (in the field of social sciences, humanities, business and administration), while all the others must pass the differential exams to the extent of 12 credits in the subjects Social Theory (6 credits) and Methods of Qualitative Analysis (6 credits) prior to enrolment.
  • graduates of any higher professional and university programme in a related field, who meet the requirements for enrolment in the university study programme. Without differential exams may enrol graduates of similar programmes (in the field of social sciences, humanities, administration and business). Graduates of other programmes must pass the differential exams to the extent of 24 credits prior to enrolment: The Structure of Slovenian Society, Social Science Research Methodology, Business Theory and Economics, and Methods of Quantitative Analysis.

Candidates who completed the equivalent education abroad also meet the requirements to enrol into the studies. For more specific information on the enrolment of foreign citizens, please contact Students office – referat@fuds.si

 

Acquired competences: 

Students of the higher education university study programme Advanced Social Studies shall obtain the following general competencies and subject-specific competences.

General competences:

- the knowledge and understanding of social processes and the ability to perform their complex analysis, synthesis and prediction of solutions and their consequences;

- learning research methods, procedures and processes in the field of social sciences;

- the development of critical and self-critical assessment;

- the ability of a flexible application of knowledge in practice;

- understanding the importance of quality, and striving for quality professional work through autonomy, (self-) criticism, (self-) reflection and (self-) evaluation of the professional work;

- sensitivity to the human and social environment, and development of communication skills, especially communication in an international environment;

- ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics in the social environment with respect to the principle of non-discrimination and multiculturalism;

- the ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations to work in a group and with other users and groups (local communities, public administration organizations, industry, non-governmental organizations), and the ability of tolerant dialogue;

- the ability to identify and exploit the opportunities offered in the working and social environment (which are expressed as the entrepreneurial spirit and active citizenship);

Course specific competences:

- the knowledge and understanding of the background and history of development of core social science disciplines (profession), namely, in the fields of sociology, political science, communication science, economics and management, social informatics, jurisprudence, social statistics and qualitative methods;

- the ability to solve specific social and occupational problems by using social science scientific methods and procedures;

- the ability to connect coherent basic knowledge, acquired from mandatory subjects and their application in practice;

- the ability of acquisition, selection, evaluation and placement of new information, and the ability of interpretation in the context of social sciences;

- the ability of interdisciplinary approach, which is reflected as an understanding of a general structure of social sciences and the connection between its various disciplines and sub-disciplines;

- the understanding and application of the method of critical analysis and development of theories, and their application in solving specific social and work problems;

- the development of skills in the application of knowledge in the field of social sciences by means of solving theoretical and empirical problems;

- the ability to use information-communication technologies and systems in the field of social sciences;

- organizational and management skills in organizations, in understanding individual values and collective value systems, and management of professional ethical issues;

- organizational and management skills for the organization of active and independent work;

- communicating with experts from various fields of economic and social life as well as with various stakeholders;

- understanding the relationships between individuals, organizations and social environment, the ability of complex system observation and action;

- the knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background of analytic and counselling work (the transfer of knowledge to the user);

- the planning and management of changes with the creation of a comprehensive assessment of a situation in an organization or social environment, taking into account various factors;

Enrolment instructions: 

Instructions for the enrolment

Candidates can apply electronically using e-application portal eVŠ: http://portal.evs.gov.si . On the portal choose this option: Call for enrolment into undergraduate and long-cycle master study programmes in 2019/20 - University of Ljubljana, University of Maribor, University of Primorska, University of Nova Gorica, and free-standing higher education institutions. 

For more information on enrolment, please contact:

Phone/mobile: +386 5 907 3461

E-mail: referat@fuds.si

In person at the address Gregorčičeva ulica 19 in Nova Gorica, every Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am and every Thursday from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Info days (at 2 locations: FUDS/SASS Gregorčičeva ulica 19 in Nova Gorica and Leskoškova 9e in Ljubljana). The dates will be revealed soon.

 

 

Tuition fee: 

NOTE: The School acquired national concession for Advanced Social Studies programme, therefore, the studies are free of charge within the scope of available enrolments.

If you do not meet requirements for full-time studies, you have to enrol into the part-time programme, in which case the tuition amounts EUR 1,710.00.

Payment terms: Tuition fee can be paid as a single payment or in instalments (from 1 to 5 instalments* ) at the maturity date: at the time of enrolment; at the latest on 30/11; at the latest on 31/1; at the latest on 31/3; at the latest on 31/5 of the current academic year.

*PLEASE NOTICE: candidates who are non-EU citizens have to pay the full tuition fee by the time of enrollment (payment in installment is not possible).

Mode of study: 

Undergraduate programme Advanced Social Studies is carried out as a full-time and part-time study. In case of part-time studies, at least one third of the organized study work stipulated by the programme is guaranteed. Part-time students on average realize 10 hours of organized study work in one week, which constitutes less hours than stipulated for full-time study, therefore, part-time method of studies requires more independent work. A year shall be carried out in one academic year, and it is divided into two semesters. During the semesters, students attend lectures, exercises and other forms of organized activities, whereas examinations are carried out during examination periods (there are three examination periods – the winter, summer and autumn examination period).

The schedule of lectures: Lectures and exercises are held on weekdays in the morning hours for full-time students, and in the afternoon during the weekdays (from 16.00) for part-time students. In most of subjects a combined execution is organized; the 2/3 of classes are carried out in the morning, for full-time students, and 1/3 of classes are carried out in the afternoon, for full-time and part-time students together.

The access to the schedule and materials is available via online portal after the candidate is registered.

Advancing through the programme: 

To advance from the first to the second year, the student must acquire at least 45 ECTS from the first year. To advance from the second into the third year, the student must meet all the requirements from the first year and acquire at least 45 ECTS from the second year. The student may not advance to the next year if he/she did not pass the differential exams.

Exceptionally, students may enrol in the next year, even if all the requirements set by the study programme for enrolment in the next year were not completed , if he/she has justifiable reasons, such as maternity, paternity, extended illness, exceptional family and social circumstances, participation in top professional, cultural and sports events, or when the status is granted in accordance with the applicable statute. The enrolment from the previous paragraph shall be decided by the Dean on the basis of the proposal of the Committee for Student and Academic Affairs.

The status of the student shall cease if the student:

  • graduates, i.e. completes the studies,
  • withdraws,
  • is excluded,
  • during the studies does not enrol into the following year or semester,
  • does not graduate from a study programme of the first level within 12 months after the end of the last semester; unless at the time of the study, the student repeated the year or changed the study programme or course, then his/her status shall cease at the end of the last semester.

Finishing Year, i.e. an additional year, is a term that applies to the time after the end of the last semester, when the student may retain his/her status, if he/she did not graduate. The student asserts the right by enrolling into another year or the Final Year. The student may use this right only after finishing the last semester, provided that:

  • does not graduate from the study programme of the first level within 12 months after the end of the last semester (unless at the time of the study the student repeated the year or changed the study programme or course; then his status shall cease at the end of the last semester).

The student who achieves the required number of credit points necessary to advance to the next year in the period shorter than one academic year, is allowed to make faster progress. The related decision is brought up by the Committee for Student and Academic Affairs pursuant to candidate's application. The decision determines the manner of faster progress. Faster progress allows students to enter the next year and carry out the subjects of the next year. The subjects can be carried out within another organized education as well. Based on the application of the candidate, the Committee for Student and Academic Affairs may decide on early completion of the studies.

Knowledge assessment and grading: 

The assessment of knowledge is part of the study process of teaching and learning, and it takes place during the course of the study process (after the first semester) and after the completion of the course of individual subjects of the study programme (after the second semester), while at the same time, students are expected to continue with ongoing activities. The intention and objective of knowledge assessment is to acquire accurate and quality information about how students are achieving the planned general and subject-specific competences, and information on the achievement of the goals of the study programme.

The method of knowledge assessment and grading is determined for each subject and defined in its syllabus, adjusted to verify the achieved goals in individual subjects, anticipated achievements of the study, and development of general and subject-specific competencies. Methods of knowledge assessment and grading may vary because of different teaching methods, which provide criteria of validity, reliability and objectivity, but also take into account the quality of the structure and organization of knowledge.

The purpose of assessing knowledge is:

  • to assess knowledge and skills of students,
  • to assess output made in the context of academic work,
  • to offer quality feedback on the progress and results achieved, aiming to motivate students to acquire additional knowledge and skills,
  • to enable integration into continuing education, and
  • to obtain data for the evaluation of teaching quality.

Criteria for evaluation are based on the objectives of the study programme and anticipated achievements of students, identified in individual syllabuses. Students are informed on elements of knowledge assessment and grading criteria in writing, as part of curriculum, and at the start of each course (at the beginning of each semester). Moreover, higher education lecturer informs students on the syllabus of a subject, study obligations, shares held by individual components of knowledge assessment in the final assessment of the subject, and relevant literature.

Estimated methods of knowledge assessment and grading are:

  • colloquiums,
  • oral exams,
  • written exams,
  • seminar papers or essays,
  • oral presentations,
  • practice projects or works, portfolio, journals,
  • solving real problems (case studies),
  • projects, peer evaluation,
  • a written report on professional practice,
  • graduation project.
Conditions for the completion of the studies: 

Conditions for completing the studies are to have completed all study obligations prescribed by the curriculum, to the extent of 180 ECTS credits.

The student who enters the second year of the Advanced Social Studies programme after graduation from a university study programme adopted after 01/01/1994, must carry out all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the second and third year to the extent of at least 120 ECTS credits.

The student who enters the third year after graduation from a two years’ college programme adopted before 01/01/1994, must carry out all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the third year to the extent of at least 60 ECTS credits.

The studies are completed by a preparation and an oral defence of a Graduation Project.

Employment opportunities for graduates: 

Graduates of the higher university programme of Advanced Social Studies, due to their broad social, communicational, organizational and legal skills, may find employment at working positions within the public administration and local government, in a business sector and civil society organizations.

They are able to transfer and apply theoretical knowledge in practice and solve scientific and business problems, particularly by finding new sources of knowledge and by application of scientific methods to develop the ability to communicate within and among professions, of professional criticism and responsibility, initiative and independence in decision-making and managing complex work.

The university study programme of Advanced Social Studies is also an excellent foundation for further studies of more focused Master's programmes.