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Social Management (BSc)

Are you creative? Empathetic? Analytical?

Do you want to become a manager with a sense of fellow human beings and society?

Do you want to co-create a better future?

If you answered YES to the above questions, then the study program Social Management (BSc) is right for you.

Read more about the program below.

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School of Advanced Social Studies has obtained a state concession for the study program Social Management (BSc), so the study within the announced regular enrollment places is FREE.

More about Social Management (BSc) programme

University study programme SOCIAL MANAGEMENT (BSc)
Degree (and type) of the programme: University Study Programme
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters), 180 ECTS
Classification: SOK: 7, EOK: 6, EOVK: first level
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: BSc in Social Management

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 etc. These are just few examples from a long list of challenges, that people and contemporary societies are facing.

The BSc Social Management programme develops analytical skills for comprehending complex situations in human relationships. This allows for better designing, planning, decision making, leadership, coordination, allocation of organizational resources, supervision and critical evaluation of the implementation of activities in the organization. The Social Manager is distinguished by a great sense and responsibility for fellow humans.

The Social Manager (BSc) applies practical, innovative and sustainable approaches, whether working in the field of education, health care, social care, human rights, workers’ rights, economic development, agriculture or ecology.

Enrolment in 1st year

The following individuals may enrol into the first year of study programme Social Management:

  • A) Anyone who has completed matura examination,
  • B) Anyone who has completed the vocational matura examination in the corresponding programme for obtaining secondary professional education in the same professional field, and the exam in one of the relevant subjects at matura examination(the selected subject should not be the one that the candidate already passed at the vocational matura examination),
  • C) Anyone who has graduated from any 4-years secondary school programme before 01.06.1995.

Enrolment requirements are also fulfilled by those who have completed equivalent education abroad.

A corresponding programme for obtaining secondary professional education from the same professional field referred to the point B) is considered as a programme that belongs to Field 03 according to the Klasius-P-16 classification.

The relevant subjects at matura examination referred to at the point B) are:
English, Economics, Philosophy, French, Geography, Greek, Italian, Italian as a Second Language, Latin, Hungarian as a Second Language (Bilingual Slovenian-Hungarian general high school ), German, Psychology, Computing, Russian, Slovenian as a Second Language ( bilingual Slovenian-Hungarian general high school), Slovenian as a second language (general high school with Italian learning language in the ethnically mixed area of Slovenian Istria), Sociology, Spanish, History.


SASS may limit the enrolment if the number of applications s significantly exceeds the number of available vacancies. 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 of school(40% points), and the overall success at the matura examination or professional exam (60% points). Candidates indicated in paragraph B will be selected based on the overall success at the vocational matura examination (40% points), overall success in the third and fourth year of school  (40% points), and success at the matura subject exam (20% points).

Enrolment in 2nd year

Progress directly into the second year of the study programme of Social Managementis possible for:

  • Graduates who have successfully completed a post-secondary professional programme (višješolski strokovni), adopted after the 01.01.1994, if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into a university study programme.

Graduates of similar programmes in the field of social sciences, business administration and legal sciences can enrol without differential exams, Graduates of other programmes must pass the differential exams in the range of 12 credits (ECTS) at the following courses: The Dynamics of Contemporary Society (6 credits) and Social Science Methodology (6 credits.

  • Candidates who (due to transition) enrol on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same level.

Enrollment in 3rd year

Progress directly into the third year of the study programme Social Management is possible for:

  • A) Graduates who have successfully completed post-secondary (višješolski) education programmes adopted before 01.01.1994, if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into a university study programme.*
  • B) Graduates who have successfully completed higher – BA (visokošolski) or university – BSc (univerzitetni) education programmes adopted before 11.6. 2004 if they meet the conditions  for the enrolment into a university study programme.*
  • C) Graduates of (Bologna) higher and university education programmes at first level, if they  meet the conditions for the enrolment into a university study programme.*
  • D)  Candidates who (due to transition) enrol on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same level.*

*Graduates in the fields of social sciences, business, administration and legal sciences can enrol without differential exams. All the others must pass differential exams in the range of 24 ECTS at the following courses: Dynamics of Contemporary Society, Social Science Methodology, Business Economics and Qualitative Methodology.

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 –

Differential exams are additionally payable. The price of a single differential exam is 150 EUR, and should be paid before the registration for the exam.

IMPORTANT NOTE: SASS has acquired a state concession for the Social Management (BSc) programme, therefore, the studies are FREE of charge within the scope of available enrolment places. 

If you do not meet requirements for full-time studies any longer (you have already used the option of up to two regular enrolments or you have changed the study programme), you have to enrol into the part-time programme, in which case the tuition amounts 2,190.00 EUR

Terms of payment: Tuition fee can be paid as a single payment or in instalments (from 1 to 5 instalments) with the following due dates: 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 enrolment (payment in instalment is not possible).

**Payment in installments is possible for citizens from Slovenia and other EU Member States and EEA members. Foreigners from non-EU and non-EEA countries must pay the whole tuition fee by the time of the enrollment. In case of payment of tuition fee in installments, the administrative costs of processing the installment payment in the amount of EUR 30.00 will be charged for each installment.

University study programme Social Management (BSc) is implemented as a full-time and part-time study. In part-time study, the organization and timing of lectures, seminars and exercises are adjusted accordingly. For the implementation of contact hours, the faculty also applies a variety of modern forms of information and communication technology (online classroom, etc.).

A study year  is implemented in one academic year, and it is divided into two semesters. During the semesters, students attend lectures, seminars and other forms of organized activities. Exams are implemented during (three) examination periods (– the winter, summer and autumn examination period.

The access to the schedule and materials is available via Web office (spletni referat) or online classroom (Moodle) after the candidate is registered.

First Year

Dinamics of Contemporary Society6
Contemporary Political Doctrines6
Introduction into Informatics6
Organizational Communication6
Public Policy and Public Finance Formulation6
Management of Change6
Basics of Economics6
Nonprofit Management6
Social Science Methodology6
Fundamentals of Administrative Law6

Second Year

Qualitative Methodology6
Political Systems and Policy Analysis5
Business Economics5
Introduction to General Psychology5
Quantitative Methods 17
Social Theory5
Quantitative Methods 27
Management in Social Security5
Elective Course 16
Elective Course 26
Help and Cooperation in Community3

Third Year

Strategic Planning6
Public Relations6
Project Management6
Lobbying and Negotiating Techniques6
Elective Course 36
Elective Course 46
Entreprenurial Venture6
Research Project6

Elective Courses

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

European Integration6
Organization Theory6
Media and Communication6
Regional Politics and Regional Development6
Multivariante Methods6
European Policy Instruments6
Political Sociology6
Sociology of Social Policy6
Management in Health Care6
Management in Culture6
Communication Training6
Data Bases and Data Analysis6
Evaluation Methods6
Business Ethics6
Quality Management and Business Excellence6
Information Systems6
Managing Organizations and Processes6
Political Marketing and Communication6
EU Law6
Job Search6
Culture and Religion6
Family Law6

Knowledge assessment 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 individual courses of the study programme (after the second semester). At the same time, students are expected to  pass ongoing activities. The intention and objective of knowledge assessment is to acquire regular and quality information about how students are achieving the planned general and course-specific competences, and obtain information on the achievement of the goals of the study programme.

The method of knowledge assessment and grading is determined for each individual course and specified in its syllabus. They are adjusted to verify the achieved objectives at individual courses, anticipated achievements of the study, and development of general and subject-specific competencies. Methods of knowledge assessment and grading vary because of different teaching methods, which ensure criteria of validity, reliability and objectivity, but also take into account the quality of the structure and organization of knowledge.

To progress from the first to the second year, the student must acquire at least 45 ECTS from the first year.

To progress 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 cannot progress to the next year if he/she did not pass the differential exams.

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

General Competences:

  • The knowledge and understanding of social processes and the ability to perform analysis, synthesis and prediction of solutions and their consequences in relation to these processes;
  • Master 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 in the professional work;
  • Sensitivity to the human and social environment, and development of communication abilities and 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 justification and history of the 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 mastery of fundamental knowledge acquired at compulsory courses 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, as well as their application in solving specific social and work problems;
  • The development of abilities and 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, upon 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 interest groups;
  • 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 analytical 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, by taking into account various factors.

Conditions for the completion of the studies: In order to finish the studies, student has to successfully complete all study obligations prescribed by the  study programme in the range of 180 credits (ECTS).

The student who enrols into the second year of the Social Management (BSc) programme after graduating from a university study programme adopted after 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the second and third year  in the range of minimum 120 ECTS credits.

The student who enrols into the third year after graduating from a post-secondary education programme adopted before 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the third year in the range of minimum 60 ECTS credits.

In addition to applied knowledge, the university study programme Social Management also enables the acquisition of conceptual and analytical knowledge for in-depth understanding and planning in complex situations. Thereby, it represents an excellent foundation for more demanding as well as managerial positions in public, non-governmental and private sector organizations.

Social managers work in the fields of education, health, social protection, human rights, workers’ rights, economic development, agriculture, ecology and related fields.

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Would you like to study from the comfort of your own home? Then the packege Study+ is the right fit for you.

By purchasing the Study + package, in addition to the friendly staff at the faculty, who are always ready to support you in your studies, you will receive the following benefits:

a) the possibility of direct participation in most lectures and exercises through Zoom, with the exception of some lectures, exercises and seminars, which can not be directly monitored through ZOOM (eg exercises conducted in the field; exercises whose nature does not allow direct monitoring through ICT resources, exercises in which the physical presence of students is necessary to ensure the competencies and learning outcomes provided for in the study program, exercises in which direct monitoring through ICT resources is not possible due to privacy protection, etc.)

b) Possibility of year-round viewing of recordings of most lectures and exercises, with the exception of some lectures, exercises and seminars, which cannot be recorded (eg exercises conducted in the field; exercises not recorded for privacy reasons, etc.)

c) Possibility of taking exams via ICT resources (Zoom or Moodle online classroom)

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