Human Resource Management and Working Life
General admission requirements and Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c and Civics 1b or 1a1 + 1a2.
EducationThe programme Human resource management and working life (180 ECTS credits) is a three-year study programme at the undergraduate level leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in Working Life Science. The programme is based on social and behavioral science disciplines and is aimed at students to acquire the competence and skills required for independent work within the strategic area human resource management in the broadest sense. The field of knowledge that this education focuses on is human resources, organization and working life, and how these phenomena are related to each other, as well as the consequences of this interaction.
The first semester deals with working life science. Students acquire basic knowledge of the labour market, different work forms, organisation, leadership, work environment, and equal opportunities. The third semester deals with jurisprudence. Students learn about labour law and the function of labour legislation. During the fourth semester students study business administration including personnel costs, accounting, and insights into the interfaces of business administration and organisation. Workplace practice is also included in this semester and a course in sustainable work environment. The fifth semester is a free semester during which students have several options; they can choose a specialization or they can spend this semester studying abroad. In the last semester students acquire further knowledge in human resources, organisation and working life. They also develop their abilities in research methodology by completing a degree project.
Form of InstructionThis is a full-time programme. Scheduled classes vary between 8 and 16 hours a week. You are expected to participate actively in class and to study extensively on your own.
ExaminationThe forms of the examination may vary. There are written exams, take-home exams, oral exams and seminars. Each course is concluded with an examination. You are also expected to submit other work throughout the course. There are no set examination periods, and generally no final exam at the end of a semester, an academic year, or a complete study programme.
Study AbroadDuring your Human resource management and working life programme, you have an opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of Karlstad University's exchange partners, during your fifth semester. A semester abroad builds upon the competences and knowledge you develop during your studies, you will enhance your communication skills and intercultural skills, and you may even select to study a new subject area - all of which improves your CV for future employers. Karlstad University has exchange agreements with over 200 partner universities, located in more than 35 countries. Students from Human resource management and working life have spent semesters in universities such as the Wilfred Laurier University, Canada; University of Barcelona, Spain and Nottingham Trent University, GB. You may also complete aspects of your final thesis data collection abroad. To discover more about these opportunities, go to our Study Abroad website, link to the right.
Professional ContactIn order to integrate theory and practice, the programme works with partner companies which you visit during the first year of your studies. Lectures by professionals in Humun resource management will be included in the courses. Also a supervised placement course is included in the fourth semester.
Course of study
|Working Life Science (Obligatory)
|Working Life Science II (Obligatory)
|Labour Law with an introduction to Law (Obligatory)
|Management accounting and control systems (Obligatory)
|Placement I: working life science (Elective)
|Placement II: working life science (Elective)
|Elementary Research Project in Working Life Science (Elective)
|Inclusive and sustainable work environment (Elective)
|Gender Studies I (Elective)
|Social Psychology I (Elective)
|Psychological perspectives on organization and project management (Elective)
|Sociology I (Elective)
|Working Life Science traditions and theories including degree project (Obligatory)
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.
Läsårs- och programvärderingar
Start semester Autumn 2013
Start semester Autumn 2014
Start semester Autumn 2015
Start semester Autumn 2016
Start semester Autumn 2017
Start semester Autumn 2018
Start semester Autumn 2019
Start semester Autumn 2020
Employment MarketThe skills you acquire in the programme prepare you for work in human resource management, but also for other qualified jobs that deal with the individual, organisations, and aspects of work in both the public and the private sector. You may work with human resources, management and organisation development, investigations, evaluations, education, competence issues, recruitment, equal opportunities and diversity, rehabilitation, information and labour negotiations.
DegreeThe programme concludes with a Degree of Bachelor of Social Science in Working Life Science.
Further StudiesUpon completion of the programme, you can go on to further studies at Master's level, such as a Master's programme (60 or 120 credits) in Working Life Science.
Karlstad University currently offers the following program that might be of interest:
Master's Degree Programme (one year) in Working Life Science