Welfare Models in the Nordic Region

7,5 credits

The main focus of this course is the concept of welfare: its roots, practice and implications. The course has its starting point in the Nordic societies and the specific Nordic welfare model: its development, contemporary status, and future challenges. Similarities and differences between welfare systems in time and location are emphasised and examined from different theoretical perspectives. These perspectives concern the conditions for shaping welfare, democracy, social engagement and allocation of resources. Furthermore, the course covers issues of consequences of organising welfare for individuals and groups in terms of health, lifestyles, justice and equality.

The course also includes studies of the development of welfare through four topics: welfare’s institutional organisation in social safety nets and other rights; the role of working life, private enterprises and labour; the politics of media in forms of public service, subsidies and initiatives to bridge digital gaps; and civic society and present social movements influence on the formation of the welfare society.

Autumn 2022 (Campus based, Halmstad, 100%)


Advanced level

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Entry requirements:

Bachelor's degree in social, behavioural or health sciences. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 in Swedish Upper-Secondary School.

Selection rules:

Available for exchange students. Limited numbers of seats

Start week:

week: 40

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Language of instruction:

Teaching is in English.

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