Public and Social Policy and Human Resources
Be a professional needed in every field
If you want to work in the public sector, you can find a wide range of opportunities for experts in public and social policy. If the private sector is your chosen path, human resources managers are needed in all major corporations.
Be able to do some good in the world
Knowledge gained in this programme is optimal for working in various NGOs and other non-profit organisations focusing on social work or for public sector bodies implementing the social policy.
Gain international experience
We encourage our students to spend a semester abroad to widen their horizons. Find the best practices abroad and see the field from a completely different perspective.
The aim of the subsequent regular and distance studies Master’s program in English is to provide the graduate with the ability to link the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor's degree of Public and Social Policy and Human Resources or another related field and to gain professional qualifications for the independent performance of a wide range of public and social policy, social services, employment policy activities, and human resources development, as well as the prerequisites to develop these skills in practice or further study.
Their core involves two abilities:
- The ability to independently reflect on and evaluate the problems and implement measures of public and social policy, social services, social work, and human resources development, and cope with dilemmas associated with them.
- The ability to independently design and implement system-specific measures, and coordinate their implementation.
On the basis of these are the other expected abilities of the graduate:
- To independently seek, identify and reflect on the causes and consequences of current or latent public and social problems and systemic weaknesses in public and social policy measures, social services, social work, employment policy and human resources development, both at the societal and local levels, as well as that of organisations.
- To independently reflect on and articulate the need for the implementation of public and social policy, social services and social work programmes, and systemic conditions of human resources development.
- To coordinate activities in organisations implementing public and social policy, social services, and social work programs and human resources development, and contribute to the development of their own human resources and organisational capacities as a prerequisite for coping with the tasks in the field.
Graduates of the subsequent regular and distance Master's degree programs can apply their skills especially in the following areas:
- The role of a conceptual worker in the design and implementation of public and social policy programs, social services and social work, employment policy, and human resources development strategies.
- The role of coordinator in the design and implementation of public and social policy programs, social services and social work, employment policy, and human resources development.
- The role of a researcher.
- The role of a teacher in disciplines in the fields of public and social policy, social services, employment policy and human resources development.
- Possibly other types of roles, depending on the employer's needs (e.g. speakers, advisors on public and social policy, social services, employment policy, and human resources development).
These roles can be applied by graduates of the subsequent distance studies Master's degree program in PPHR in the following fields and organizations:
- In the state administration and self-government organizations dealing with the administration of benefits systems, socio-legal protection, social services, and other public policy areas (MLSA, regional and municipal authorities, municipalities, the Agency for Social Inclusion, and other public service bodies in this area)
- At Labour Offices, in the labour market (including private agencies).
- In the state administration and self-government organizations dealing with the administration of benefits systems.
- In non-profit organisations in the field of social policy and social services, and social work services of all levels (e.g. NGOs such as Člověk v tísni (People in Need), SOZE, Naděje, Diakonie, Charita).
- In consultative bodies of state and non-profit organisations (including legislative bodies and regional government) involved in the design and implementation of public and social policy programs, social services, employment policy, and human resources development.
- In research at universities and research institutes.
- In the teaching of PSPHR at university, higher vocational college and secondary school (after the completion of the pedagogical minimum).
- As specialists or advisers on various social problems and social interventions and human resources development in the media (press, radio, television); or as a spokesperson for organizations that focus on social policy, social services and social work (e.g. MLSA, Charity, Probation and Mediation Service, endowment funds).
- Personnel departments and departments dealing with human resources or applying social programs for their employees, in various types of governmental and non-governmental organisations dealing with public policy and/or human resources development (their personnel departments, municipalities, city administration, Diaconia, Charity, etc.).
- In transnational organisations dealing with addressing social problems, social inclusion, or providing social assistance (e.g. those of the European Commission, trans-national non-profit organizations, trade unions, agencies).
- Organisations that include among their objectives the systematic cooperation of different organisations in solving social problems (e.g. organisations aimed at helping multi-problem clients, community or volunteer centres; government, regional and municipal inter-departmental committees).
Applicants must have prior education (at least a Bachelor's degree) in the fields of public or social policy, some other social science field, economics and management, public administration. The students are accepted on the basis of the results from prior degree (Bachelor's or higher), motivation letters, and other documents specified on the web of the degree program, eventually entrance exam.
Criteria for evaluation
Applicants are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and entrance exam; the evaluation scale is 0–100 points with 60 as the passing level.
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