SQF Social Sciences (2008-2010)

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Project Title: Tuning Sectoral Framework for Social Sciences

Coordinating institution: University of Deusto

Dates: 1 February 2008 – 1 June 2010

Participant countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, UK

Subject areas included in the project: Business, Education, European Studies, International Relations, Law, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Social Work

Project objectives: The main objective of the project is to develop a European credit based sectoral qualification framework covering the levels 3 to 8 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) for Life Long Learning (LLL) on the basis of the outputs – cycle level descriptors and reference points for a range of subject areas – of the Tuning project. The development of such a framework – covering secondary and higher education at the sectoral level – was expected to become a major step forward toward the recognition of prior learning (formal, non formal and informal). The intention was to also develop greater clarity about credit ranges regarding the levels 3 to 5.

The most important objectives were as follows:
1) identification of (main) subject areas not covered by the Tuning project so far; establishment of subject-area-based working groups for these fields; initiating preparation of key features and cycle (level) descriptors for these subject areas;
2) mapping of secondary general education and vocational education and training level from the perspective of respective sectors as well as for each subject area involved; identification of similarities and differences at national level;
3) identification of similarities and differences at sectoral as well as at subject area levels in Europe;
4) preparation of cycle descriptors for the levels 3, 4 and possibly 5 at subject-area as well as at sectoral level;
5) identification of entrance and exit points as well as entrances at levels 3, 4 and potentially 5 on the basis of different learning routes taken;
6) identification of (ECTS) credit ranges for the levels 3 to 5 as well as exploration of the link to the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) initiative;
7) identification of similarities and differences between the already prepared cycle level 1 to 3 descriptors, i.e. the levels 6 to 8 of the EQF for LLL;
8) preparation of sectoral cycle / level descriptors, written so that both the Dublin descriptors and the descriptors of the EQF for LLL are covered;
9) identification of communalities between the different Tuning sectoral frameworks;
10) identification of suggestions for fine tuning and bridging of the Bologna (Dublin) descriptors and the descriptors of the EQF for LLL.

Project websitehttp://www.unideusto.org/tuningeu/tuning-sqf-social-sciences.html

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Outcomes in terms of documents and publications:

SQF_Social SciencesTuning Sectoral Framework for Social Sciences. Final Report 2008-2010 book_blueReference Points for Design and Delivery of Degree Programmes in International Relations [Annex 3]
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book_blueReference Points for Design and Delivery of Degree Programmes in Law [Annex 4] book_blueReference Points for Design and Delivery of Degree Programmes in Psychology [Annex 5]

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To find out more about this project, check the Tuning Research section of the website or contact us directly.

Maria

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