Syllabus for Comparative Welfare States

Comparative Welfare States

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2SK576
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Political Science G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Social Sciences
  • Revised: 2009-06-15
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of Government
  • Applies from: Autumn 2009
  • Entry requirements:

    Political Science basic course or equivalent education.

  • Responsible department: Department of Government

Learning outcomes

The goal is that the students achieve a theoretically based knowledge about the basic features of different welfare state regimes, and that the students are able to analyse implications of different types of welfare policies for gender and ethnic relations in society.


This course gives an introduction to the comparative study of welfare state regimes, drawing in particular on the well known typology of Gösta Esping-Andersen. It will further focus on two central questions in the contemporary debate on the welfare state; namely how welfare policies structure and transform gender and ethnic relations in society.


Teaching will consist both of lectures and of seminars. There is an emphasis placed on students' active participation in seminar discussions.


A written examination and a compulsory reading report for each seminar. The reading reports will be evaluated as passed or failed. The written examination settles the course grade.

Grades awarded Fail (U) - Pass (G) - Pass with Distinction (VG). In addition, grades will be given according to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), that is using a seven-step scale.

Course level in relation to degree requirements

The students will develop their ability to critically analyse, understand and deal with, both orally and in writing, some relatively advanced texts from the central research fields of political science. The course gives the students an opportunity to reflect upon the requirements of a scientific discussion. The student is expected to contribute actively with his own views, and there will be practice in oral presentations of the acquired knowledge.

Other directives

Course taught for exchange students only.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2009

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Esping-Andersen, Gøsta Social foundations of postindustrial economies

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1999

    Find in the library

  • Lister, Ruth Gendering citizenship in Western Europe : new challenges for citizenship research in a cross-national context

    Bristol: Policy, 2007

    Find in the library

  • Schierup, Carl-Ulrik; Hansen, Peo; Castles, Stephen Migration, citizenship, and the European welfare state : a European dilemma

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006

    Find in the library