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Curriculum Human Resource Studies: People Management

First year

Understanding issues related to work organization and people management requires a solid knowledge of the social sciences. In the first year, you will therefore be introduced to the basic concepts and ideas of four disciplines: psychology, sociology, economics and management studies.

You will gain a general overview of contemporary psychology, with a strong focus on social psychology. You will also focus on the basic concepts and perspectives of mainstream and nonmainstream economics. Additionally, you will explore the different definitions and approaches of organizations, strategic management and HR practices.

Last but not least, you will be equipped with a solid basis in social science methodology and statistics. This includes the basics of descriptive and causal analysis as well as an introduction to qualitative research methods and analytic techniques.

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Second year

In the second year of the program, you will deepen your knowledge of HR Studies. First, you will focus on organizational psychology as well as work and health psychology. Secondly, from a sociological perspective, you will study topics such as the meaning of work, power relations, and conflicts of interests within the organization.

The economics perspective includes financial HRM and personnel economics. You will explore HR-related issues such as health problems and turnover, and promotions as motivators. As for the management perspective, you will delve into strategic HRM which includes, for example, the management of people at the workplace and talent management.

A consultancy assignment also forms part of the second-year program. You will be required to individually analyze a real-world problem in a specific organization and to write an evidence-based advice essay to management. Additionally, you will learn how to construct questionnaires, how to set up a research design, and how to conduct original empirical research.

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Third year

In the third year, the mobility window offers the opportunity to make certain curriculum choices. These choices can help you to prepare for a Master’s program of your choice in one of the supporting disciplines and multidisciplinary programs.

You will also follow two courses to increase your understanding of the HRM field. ‘Comparative employment relations in Europe’ deals with the societal, institutional and legal framework of people management, whereas ‘The organization as an arena’ reflects on the knowledge you have acquired in the disciplinary and integrative courses.

Finally, you will write a Bachelor’s thesis. You will perform a literature study on a topic set by your thesis supervisor or conduct a secondary data analysis, including a reflection on the practical implications of your research findings.

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