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Standards at the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences has formulated a number of quality standards for the Faculty's study programmes. The standards have been formulated in order to ensure that they meet the requirements of the University of Copenhagen's quality assurance system. The standards must ensure and develop the quality and relevance of the study programmes.

The standards entail ambitious targets for the study programmes.

The standards are instruments by means of which top-level management quickly and easily are able to take stock of the study programmes. The standards form part of programme reports, programme evaluations and in the Dean’s report on the quality of education.

The standards do not stand alone, but complement the responsible managers' ongoing monitoring of and dialogue on the study programmes for which they are responsible. Areas for which standards have not been determined in the overview below are neither considered less important nor monitored with less earnestness. Irrespective of the standards, the Faculty's Management will act, if they assess that one or more areas can or should be improved.

The standards apply to 2017 and were approved by the Rector on 21 December 2016.

Area

Standard

Intake - bachelor and master’s programmes

If the intake on a bachelor or master’s programme is less than 25 students, consideration must be given to whether the number of intakes should be reduced or the study programme should be discontinued.

Drop-out rates - bachelor programmes

If the dropout rate of first-year bachelor students exceeds 15 percent or the total dropout rate on a bachelor programme exceeds 25 percent, a plan for how to reduce dropout rates must be devised.

Drop-out rates - master’s programmes

A dropout rate on a master’s programme that exceeds 10 per cent calls for special efforts.

Completion within prescribed period of study - bachelor programmes

The percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the prescribed period of study must amount to at least 50 per cent, and the percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the prescribed period of study must exceed the average of the past three years.

Completion within prescribed period of study - master’s programmes

The percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the prescribed period of study must amount to at least 30 per cent. The percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the   prescribed period of study must exceed the average of the past three years.

Completion within prescribed period of study + one year - bachelor   programmes

The percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the prescribed period of study + one year must amount to at least 80 per cent. The percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the prescribed period of study + one year must exceed the average of the past three years.

Completion within prescribed period of study + one year - master’s   programmes

The percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the prescribed period of study + one year must amount to at least 70 per cent. The percentage of a year group that completes the study programme within the prescribed period of study + one year must exceed the average of the past three years.

ECTS credits per student per year - bachelor and master’s programmes

ECTS credits per full-time student must be at least 50 ECTS credits per year.

Unemployment - bachelor programmes

In the fourth to seventh quarter upon graduation, the unemployment rate for bachelor graduates must not exceed two per cent.

Unemployment - master’s programmes

In the fourth to seventh quarter upon graduation, the unemployment rate of master’s graduates must be less than 2 percentage points above the national average of the main academic area. In that event, programme management must give an account of what has been done to rectify the   development. 

On the basis of the University’s specific inquiry into unemployment, an account must be given for the extent to which initiatives have worked. In addition, an account must be given of future plans of the programme management. 

Number of full-degree students - master’s level

On the masters’ programmes in Economics, Political Science, Global Development and Security Risk Management, the percentage of international students admitted must exceed the average of the past three years until programme-specific goals have been achieved. On the Master’s programme in Political Science, the percentage of international students admitted must increase until the percentage accounts for at least 10 per cent of the intake. On the Master’s programme in Economics, the percentage of international students admitted must increase until the percentage accounts   for at least 20 per cent of the intake. On the Master’s programme in Global Development and the Master’s programme in Security and Risk Management, the percentage of international students admitted must increase until the percentage accounts for at least 50 per cent of the intake.

Number of hours per week on bachelor programmes

In 2014, all semesters on a bachelor programme must include a minimum number of teaching hours of 12 hours per week all 14 weeks of each semester. As for the semester in the course of which the bachelor project is written, the minimum number of teaching hours is weighted by the number of ECTS credits that include teaching. Thus, for a bachelor project which is worth a total of 15 ECTS credits, the minimum number of teaching hours is 15/30 * 12   = 6 hours. As from 2017 and onwards, the minimum number of teaching hours per week will be 8 on the first two semesters of the master’s programmes.

Examination appeals and appeals

Programme management must act if the number of examination appeals is doubled compared to the average of the last three years (not including the target year).
    

 In such case, an account must be given of whether there are problems in connection with specific courses and what can be done about it.

Full-time/part-time academic staff FTE - bachelor and master’s   programmes

The full-time/part-time academic staff FTE ratio should not be less   than 1/2 of the main subject area’ average within the most
  recent year. Full-time academic staff FTE is calculated as full-time academic staff FTE spent on education.

Student/full-time academic staff FTE - bachelor and master’s   programmes

Student/full-time academic staff FTEs in relation to education must not exceed 75.

Introduction week

The introduction programme aimed at new bachelor and master's students must include:

• Presentation of the study programme (content and structure), curriculum
  • The library – get off to a good start
  • IT for students - IT facilities, e-mail, e-learning platform and network
  • Student life at the Centre for Health and Society
  • KUnet – joint access to information, rules, and guidance and counselling
  • Student advisory and career guidance services in Student Services
  • Offers to join academic and social communities of the study programme and   at the Centre for Health and Society in general
  • Information on disability and special educational support

Student advisory and career guidance services

  •   competence and level of education
  •   action plans for student guidance
  •   evaluation of student advisory services
  •   records of enquiries
  •   Service Level Agreement
  •   student/student adviser ratio

1) Competence and level of education
  All academic student advisors at the Faculty of Social Sciences must either   (1) have passed the diploma programme in guidance and counselling, (2) within   the first year of employment commence studies on the Danish universities’ cooperation organization AEU’s study programme aimed at academic student advisors, or (3) have obtained guidance and counselling competencies equivalent hereto within the first three years of employment. All non-academic student advisors (students) must complete the next available introductory course and enrol on at least one CDP activity per year.
  2) Action plans for student advisory and guidance services
  An action plan for the student advisory and career guidance services is prepared every 2 years.
  3) Evaluation of student advisory services
  Systematic evaluations are conducted of all joint counselling and guidance events, and trends in enquiries are identified based on the records of enquiries collated by the student advisory services.
  4) Records of enquiries
  Student advisors must keep an annual record of all enquiries to the student   advisory service. The record details the nature of each enquiry (i.e. whether it was made in writing, by telephone or in person) as well as the main topics raised.
  5) Service Level Agreement
  Students receive high-quality guidance on:
  1. Study planning and a broad overview of options
  2. Guidance on rules, possible exemptions, disability and special education support
  3. How to appeal, for example, exams etc.
  4. Doubts about studies and choice of a different study programme
  5. Knowledge sharing and advise on career choices.
  6) Student/student adviser ratio

The maximum total student/student advisor ratio must be maximum 650. In other words, one full-time equivalent per maximum 650 students who trigger resources must be allocated to student advisory services across the Faculty.

Internationalization

The Faculty organizes at least one information meeting each semester for students who are interested in studies abroad.

The induction programme aimed at new international exchange and guest students must include:
  • The library – get off to a good start
  • IT for students - IT facilities, e-mail, e-learning platform and network
  • Student life at the Centre for Health and Society
  • KUnet – joint access to information, rules, and guidance and counselling

Pedagogic skills development, new lecturers and part-time academic staff

• All student instructors/

teacher’s assistants/external lecturers have been offered an   introductory course in applied pedagogics. The number of participants is monitored on an annual basis.

• All PhD students will be offered an introductory course in applied pedagogics. The number of participants is monitored on an annual basis.