Syllabus for Comparative Welfare States

Comparative Welfare States

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 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: 2012-06-13
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of Government
  • Applies from: Autumn 2012
  • Entry requirements: Political Science basic course or equivalent education.
  • Responsible department: Department of Government

Learning outcomes

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

Content

This course gives an introduction to the comparative study of welfare state regimes, especially discussing the effect of welfare state regimes on social inequality built on the dimensions of class, gender and ethnicity.

Instruction

Teaching will consist of lectures and seminars. There is an emphasis placed on students' active participation in seminar discussions. Before each seminar, a list of suggested questions will be distributed. The seminars are a forum where you discuss the course literature referring to the questions you got. Additional information regarding instruction and examination will be handed out.

Assessment

Oral and written examination.

Other directives

Course taught for exchange students only.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2012

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Esping-Andersen, Gøsta The three worlds of welfare capitalism

    Cambridge: Polity, 1990

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Giger, Nathalie The risk of social policy? : the electoral consequences of welfare state retrenchment and social policy performance in OECD countries

    London: Routledge, 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Steinmo, Sven The evolution of modern states : Sweden, Japan, and the United States

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory