Human Rights & International Social Law: The Legal Frame for Social Institutions

  • Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • ao. Univ.-Prof. DDr. DSM Dimmel Nikolaus
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • Overview of relevant legal provisions regarding social law in the field of social services and the social economy in Austria
Mode of delivery
  • face-to-face (Präsenzveranstaltung)
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • Similar modules from bachelor or diploma programs
Course contents
  • 1. Legal forms and organizational structures of social profit organizations (social services) (associations; limited liability companies; cooperative societies; broad lines of company law)
    2. Main features of social law (means tested benefits in social welfare and the law on minimum needs-based provision; legislation on persons with disabilities; youth welfare law; legal provisions regulating nursing homes and care centers)
    3. Competition law in the realm of social service provision (EU and Austrian state aid law)
    4. Legal regulations on the financing of social services
    5. Public procurement of social services
    6. Professional rights in social services
Recommended or required reading
  •  Relevant literature for exams which must be bought by students:
    Nikolaus Dimmel / Tom Schmid (2013): Soziale Dienste, Innsbruck.

     Relevant literature for exams which will be provided by lecturer:
    Power Point Presentation
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Lecture with case studies; small work groups
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English