Freestanding course, Master’s level
15 hp
Malmö daytime 100%
8 November 2021 - 16 January 2022
Applications open 15 March

About the course

The course is directed towards students who want a deeper understanding of the premises and conditions for leadership, management and organization of Human Service organizations from the perspective of welfare regimes. The course aims to expand the knowledge of mechanisms that underlie both the current development and the consequences of that development and to critically discuss solutions in relation to challenges such as recruitment needs, sick leave, working conditions, and governance systems. The course is based on multi-disciplinary research, which takes into consideration the complexity of the field. This includes analyses on a structural, organizational, group and individual level, which differ both theoretically as well as methodologically.

Course content

The course consists of two modules:

1. Welfare regimes, premises and conditions for Human Service organizations. (4 credits). The starting point of this module is a outside perspective on different welfare regimes, challenges related to these and their consequences for leading, managing and organizing Human Service organizations. Furthermore, development tendencies on both a local and international level with a relevance for the organization of the Human Service sector, will be discussed and analyzed.

2. Organizational challenges for Human Service organizations (11 credits). In this module, the focus is shifted from an outside perspective of leading, managing and organizing Human Service organizations to an intra-organizational perspective where the focus will be on the premises and conditions of both leaders and co-workers. Societal governance ideals, institutional logics and conflicts of interests related to the characteristics of the Human Service profession will be analysed and problematized from a critical perspective.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English B/ English 6 in Swedish secondary school.


University credits completed 100%

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