20551 - STATES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL WELFARE
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
Class-group lessons delivered on campus
There are no formal requirements but some interest in social and political dynamics is necessary. Moreover, although there are no formal requirements with respect to theory or methodology, strong critical thinking skills would be vital.
Welfare states are an essential feature of contemporary political regimes. Therefore, understanding how they developed and how they are currently facing pressures constitutes an important tool for the understanding of contemporary political and social issues.
The course provides the main analytical tools needed to understand the nature welfare state developments over time. The social and political determinants of welfare state variants are analysed and current challenges for welfare state futures are presented and discussed.
Understand the social and political determinants which have given birth to contemporary welfare states. Furthermore, students will learn how to distinguish the key features of welfare state regime variants.
Provide policy advice to institutions and non-governmental organisations in the field of welfare state policies at both the national and international level.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
- Individual assignments
- Group assignments
Possibly gust speakers are invited. Furthermore, case studies are analysed and individual/group assignments are required.
The assessment methods have been designed in order to stimulate students' active involvement in the course and to develop a mix of knowledge and know-how. Detailed instructions on individual/group assignments are provided in class. The grade breakdown is as follows:
- Group or individual assignment (written or oral): 40%
- Final exam: 60%
A collection of articles are made available at the beginning of the course.