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Public Policy and Human Resources – Field of study catalogue MU

Public Policy and Human Resources

“We solve social problems and develop human potential.”

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The degree programme of Public Policy and Human Resources (taught in Czech) focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in contemporary approaches and methods of social intervention in public and social policies. Institutions that carry out these interventions and the measures and tools used are studied as well. Students thus gain a complete picture of the development of the public and social policies including their theoretical background. They are instructed in the sphere of preparation and implementation of policies, especially in the labour market, and about the services and programs that organisations offer to their employees, as well as enforcement mechanisms. The contemporary legal provisions of social policy are indispensable part of the curricula. Methods of research contribute to the practical work on social problems and issues within the context of society as a whole.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • perform analytical and conceptual work in elaboration of the programmes in public policy in various fields, particularly those concerning welfare, employment and human resources;
  • implement and administer public policy programes in the aforementioned fields;
  • manage the institutions and organisations which implement such public policy programmes.
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Graduates of the Public Policy and Human Resources Bachelor programme may find jobs as independent experts who design and coordinating programmes in social policy, and social services in particular, as well as employment policy at the intermediate and regional levels, as well as municipal levels. After they gain practical experience, they can apply for the positions as specialists and managers in governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organisations which deal with public issues and human resource development.

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The standard duration of studies is four semesters. This programme is always studied in combination with another study field. For admittance to the Final State Examination, students must obtain a total of 90 ECTS credits for required, elective and optional courses. Required courses constitute the bulk of the degree programme and make up 62 or 56 credits (depending on whether credits for courses focused on writing a bachelor thesis submitted in this study field are included). Out of the elective courses, which make up 26 or 31 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialization; at most 5 credits can be obtained for optional courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme. The students are obliged to complete a subject in sports (1 credit) and to prove adequate foreign language knowledge.

All students are required to complete at least one course taught in English from those offered the department for the given level of studies.

During the course of their studies students should follow the "Study catalogue" for their year of matriculation. They can access the "Study catalogue" through the faculty website.

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Practical training is included as an elective part of the studies, accompanied by supervision totaling an amount of 150 hours (see subjects VPL160, VPL161).

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The Final State Examination consists of two parts:

First, the defense of the Bachelor thesis (7,500 - 18,000 words)

This is followed by a written exam covering the following two subjects (10 open questions in each): Public and Social Policy, and Basics of Theories of Organisation and Management.

Both parts of the exam take place in the same semester, each part on a separate day.

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After completion of the Bachelor's studies, it is possible to continue further studies in the Master's degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements) for the Public Policy and Human Resources degree programme, or in the student's other study field (as the programme is part of a double-subject programme). The Master's degree in Public Policy and Human Resources offers one of three possible specialisations: Personnel Management and Organisational Development; Social Policy; or Employment Policy and Human Resources Development.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Public Policy and Human Resources
Abbreviation: VPLZC
Code: 6731R028
Type: lifelong learning
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/8/2019
Programme: B6702 B-MS International Territorial Studies
Faculty of Social Studies
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Social Studies

Additional Information

See the website of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at http://www.spsp.fss.muni.cz/