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Social Welfare and Policy

The knowledge and skills provided by this programme meet the highest standards of this profession and respond to the needs of job market. The graduates of the programme can expect successful career in social policy field, when designing policies for political, public organisations, they can work in private and public organisations implementing those policies, also in companies and organisations providing social services.

Social Welfare and Policy master’s programme provides the students with deep theoretical and methodological knowledge in social policy. After the studies, graduates will be able to recognise social problems and to suggest professional solutions to them. In the programme of Social Welfare and Policy exceptional attention is paid to social research methods which help properly diagnose and interpret social reality and suggest adequate solutions to social problems.

Description of Study Programme
 

Entry requirements

 

Tuition fee

The tuition fee applied for the academic year 2022-2023 is indicated below:

Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 4096 €
Price per credit 68,27 €
Partial tuition fee waiver can be applied for the study price.

 

Financial support

 

 

 

 

 

Subjects of the study programme by semesters

 

 

Values

Integrated knowledge

You will learn about welfare state theories and social policy practices in different countries and the challenges facing societies in the 21st century. You will strengthen your analytical competences as a researcher and learn survey and experimental methods. You will learn to apply modern concepts of social welfare using your knowledge of sociology, politics, economics and other social sciences, enriched by case studies and quantitative methods, highly trained lecturers, and the latest social policy instruments.

Exclusive field of study

The Master in Social Policy will analyse not only the traditional areas of social welfare (such as health or employment), but also the new challenges to sustaining welfare: the social impact of climate change and technology, depopulation, ageing, migration crises. With strong analytical skills, you will use international and national research evidence to develop projects and recommendations.

Knowledge of social policy

The study programme will prepare you to assess the development of the welfare state and the feasibility of social policy measures, to analyse systematically a range of social problems and social policy areas, to construct innovative social policy development tools and to apply knowledge of social welfare and policy in a professional and creative way in a variety of organisations.

Careers in key sectors

After graduation, you might work in expert, consultancy and management positions. You will do this in the public and NGO sectors – in political, social and interest group organisations, in public and private institutions, and in companies providing social services.

Motivated students choose the programme

You will study in a motivating environment. This programme is full of high-achieving, progressive students, many of whom already have work experience in the social welfare field. Good motivation leads to a creative and results-oriented environment, which helps you to master the necessary knowledge and skills.

 

Career

Student’s competences:
– Knowledge of social problems in society and in individual territorial-administrative unit;
– Knowledge of solutions for social problems;
– Monitoring of implemented social policy and control of its implementation.

Student’s skills:
– Able to critically assess and apply theoretical scientific knowledge while explaining a wide range of the problems of social policy and welfare;
– Able to formulate strategic objectives, tasks of social policy, prepare operational plans, manage, implement and monitor projects, programmes or common institutional activities;
– Able to provide evidence-based conclusions and solutions in various areas of social policy.

 

 

You may become

  • Experts with proficiency and analytical abilities in different spheres of social welfare:  education, employment, family policies, social security, etc.
  • Advocacy, community leadership and engagement
  • Commitment to the public sector values and social welfare.
  •  Preparation, administration, and analysis of welfare policy;
  • Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, and political and administrative viability policy.
  • Organisation human resource management.
  • Preparation, implementation and monitoring of procedures, policies and operational standards for medical, nursing, technical and administrative employees;
  • Coordination and administration of support programmes and nursing services for older people;
  • Maintenance of communication with other providers of health promotion and support services, services and financial institutions for coordination of service provision.
  • Analysis of social data and research results and provision of the information for evidence based decision making.
  • Review of the applied policy and legislation aiming to identify discrepancies and absolute provisions.

 

 

 

Lecturers. Experts in their field

Audronė Telešienė

Audronė Telešienė

Environment and Society
Eglė Butkevičienė

Eglė Butkevičienė

Public Programmes and Projects
Aistė Balžekienė

Aistė Balžekienė

Challenges for Social Welfare in XXI Century
Rimantas Rauleckas

Rimantas Rauleckas

Social Research Methods