norsk norsk&engelsk / norwegian&english

Course Description SPL4031 - Welfare, changes and mobilization in local communities (2005/2006)

ECTS Credits7,5

The course shall give students knowledge of the welfare state's historical developement and ideological basis, as well as an understanding of dominant sociopolitical models and insight into the challenges facing Nordic and international welfare policies. The students investigative and critical attitude towards welfare policy will be stimulated with a special focus on the social changes and risks in our time including marginalized and underpriviledged groups.


- the history of the welfare state
- the welfare system; organization, legislation, regulation
- social change and risk
- demographic developement, inequality in living conditions, health and social capital
- multiculturalism, individualization, social exclusion and marginalization
- the welfare states possiblities, limitations and needs for renewal

Study MethodsLectures, Group Works, E-learning, Meeting(s) / Seminar(s)
gatherings, supervision, net supported learning
AssessmentGroup-based written exam and oral presentation including the developement of an abstract dealing with a given subject area within welfare policy. Both are assessed group-wise and both must be passed.
Grading SystemPassed / Failed
Course RequirementsNone