The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 19 February 2024

    End date: 24 March 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-01108 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university


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Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

The course deals with the development of welfare states from the early 1900s to the early 2000s, with a specific focus on Scandinavia. It deals with social changes related to class, gender, and ethnicity; political discussions and key actors, as well as the implementation of welfare measures. Central themes are the link between welfare states and economic and democratic developments; state transformation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; the state's role both as a historical actor and as a subject of reform; as well as its problematic dimensions of control, repression, and intervention in the lives of individuals. The course content is discussed both theoretically and empirically, and in a historiographical context. The "Swedish model" is studied from an international comparative perspective.

More information


Department of History

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 A

Box 628, 751 26 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1526 018-471 1546


Director of studies (Bachelor's level)


Director of studies (Master's level)