First Master’s Degree for Work and Staff Councils in Germany

In January 2021, the advanced master’s degree program Work-Consultation-Organization. Forming Participative Processes (Arbeit-Beratung-Organisation. Prozesse partizipativ gestalten) will start at the University of Bremen. This part-time offer is unique in Germany and aimed at work representatives.

The working world is changing – that is why the demands on occupational representatives, such as work and staff councils, are becoming more complex. This requires a professionalization of their job, which includes using scientific findings to form occupational changes in a strategic and participation-oriented manner. The aims of the new master’s degree program are therefore the expansion of consultation competencies and process knowledge as well as political-strategical development opportunities at work.

Partial Qualifications Also Possible

The three thematic degree parts work-related consultation, participative staff and organizational development, and work/technology shaping and participation can each be completed for a certificate. “This innovative concept allows for individual degree planning,” explains program head Dr. Simone Hocke. “Such flexibility is entirely useful for part-time, extra-occupation offer.”
The master’s degree is aimed at occupational representatives, including work council members, staff council members, members of staff unions, work/staff council consultants, and representatives for disabled persons and equal opportunities. The application deadline is October 31, 2020.
The Center for Labor and Politics (Zentrum für Arbeit und Politik – zap) at the University of Bremen is hosting the degree program in cooperation with the Academy of Continuing Education and the Bremen Chamber of Labor.

About zap

The Center for Labor and Politics (Zentrum für Arbeit und Politik – zap) stands for science with societal responsibility. Democratization, codetermination, changes in the working world, and migration form the central fields of focus. In close cooperation with Bremen Chamber of Labor, zap is active in society and deals with current issues of coexistence. The aim is to open the university by means of practice-related research, life-oriented transfer of knowledge, and democracy-strengthening (continuing) education and coaching services. The close relationship between science and society has been common practice at zap, as have research and teaching, since the center’s establishment in 1971.

Further Information: (in German only)


Prof. Dr. Andreas Klee and Dr. Simone Hocke
Center for Labor and Politics (Zentrum für Arbeit und Politik)
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-67707
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