One Year Master in Working Life Science
This programme is carried out in collaboration with Göteborgs universitet and Högskolan i Borås. Lectures/seminars can take place at any of these universities or Karlstads universitet. Some distance technique will also be used.
Bachelor's degree of at least 180 ECTS credits in Working Life Science, or equivalent. Upper secondary level Swedish 3 or B, or Swedish as a Second Language 3 or B, or equivalent. Upper secondary level English 6 or A, or equivalent.
EducationThe aim of the programme is that students develop the scientifically-based skills in analytical and constructive thinking needed to deal with issues relating to the organisational as well as the labour market level. Students acquire specialised and advanced knowledge of how work is organised at these different levels. The Swedish labour market system is analysed in relation to that of other industrial countries and to the development in Sweden. Different theoretical explanatory models are discussed. There are also methodological discussions on approaches and applications of qualitative and quantitative methods and on the process of carrying out a degree project. The supervised degree project requires the students to identify and formulate a working life science problem, to plan and carry out an empirical investigation, and to present the study and its result in an essay written in a formal style and following standard academic procedure.
Form of InstructionThe Working Life Science Master Programme at Karlstad University is offered in conjunction with the University of Göteborg and the University of Borås. This means that some lectures and seminars will take place at a different venue than Karlstad. Instruction will also in part be in the form of distance education. All instructors are active researchers and teach in the area of their expertise. In this way a unique network of researchers and advanced students is set up.
ExaminationExamination usually takes place at the end of each course, model or unit. The forms of the examination may vary. There are written exams, take home exams, oral exams and seminars. 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.
Professional ContactThe programme is established by the network AiV, Arbetsvetenskap i Västsverige (Working Life Science in Western Sweden). AiV is a network aiming at making connections between universities and actors in the working life.
Course of StudyThe programme comprises four courses (4 x 15 ECTS cr.): 1) Organizational and leadership trends in perspective of sustainibility, dealing with national and international production and service processes; 2) The Labour Market from a Swedish and International Perspective, dealing with power and influence; 3) Research Methods, dealing with the theory and application of qualitative and quantitative methods; 4) Degree Project, involving independent work under the supervision of an experienced researcher.
Course 1 will take place at the University of Borås, course 2 at the University of Gothenburg. Course 3 and 4 will take place at Karlstad University. Therefore, only courses 3 and 4 are shown in the table below.
Course of study
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Research Methods within Working Life Science (Obligatory)||15|
|Working Life Science - Master's thesis (one year) (Obligatory)||15|
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.