Comparing Social Policies: Welfare States in Theory and Practice

Course Content

The aim of this course is to provide empirical and theoretical insights into how different states and societies solve welfare questions. Using this foundation, the course engages topical discussions on challenges to welfare states across different social systems and welfare regimes. By doing so, students will not only be exposed to theories about welfare states and empirical material about different welfare regimes, but also be introduced to different tools of policy analysis.


Learning Objectives

In the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Undertake an in-depth comparative analysis on a selected topic within social policy
  • Conceptualize and analyze the effects of different welfare state arrangements on social equality, economic efficiency and political stability
  • Conceptualize and analyze challenges to the welfare state emanating from social risks and different forms of social change in different settings
  • Identify, discuss and evaluate solutions suggested to the kind of welfare challenges covered in the course