Contemporary Social Policy
- At the end of the course, the student should have the ability to: ● Demonstrate a general knowledge of various types of social policy, main debates and policy variations across regions of the world. ● Apply to a satisfactory level the knowledge acquired in a policy report or oral presentation.
- - Know basic concepts of social policy;
- - Know the difference between regulatory, redistributive and morality policies
- - Know the theoretical, empirical foundations of the morality policies and their geographical spreads
- Be able to assess and to write a policy report
- Contemporary welfare systems around the GlobeThe Liberal, Social Democratic and Conservative models. What is a welfate system? South East Asian and Post-socialist European models of social policies. New social policy experiments in the Global South (South Asia, Latin America and Africa). Specific focus of it onn labour market policies, health care policies, pensions policy. Current challenges to Welfare states
- Morality policiesThe reasons and discourse on the legalization of prostitution, same-sex marriage, alcohol and gambling in the Western countries
- Assessing Social PoliciesDefining the problem, assembling evidence, constructing evidence, selecting criteria, projecting the outcomes, confronting the trade-offs, deciding and telling the story
- Group Presentation counting for 40% of the final grade.This will be the result of group work by four or five students and last about 20 minutes including questions and answers. It will count for 40 % of the total grade as well as the final exam. The group presentation for the exam is evaluated according to the following criteria: Ability to make a presentation on a given topic. In preparing the presentation, it is necessary, firstly, to identify the main goals and objectives of the analysis, and second, to justify the selection of the empirical information; thirdly, to briefly outline the main content of the work done; fourth, formulate conclusions on the topic and answer questions. Additional details, specifications and updates to the syllabus where necessary will be given in class or distributed by email. Another 20% will count for class participation (quantitative and qualitative).
- Sitting exam (multiple answers questionnaire).This will count for 40% of the grade. It will deal with the course contents delivered in the previous lectures.
- Barr, N. (2012). Economics of the Welfare State. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.oxp.obooks.9780199297818
- Kwon, H., Mkandawire, T., & Palme, J. (2009). Introduction: social policy and economic development in late industrializers. International Journal of Social Welfare, 18, S1–S11. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2009.00635.x
- Larsen, L. T., Green-Pedersen, C., & Engeli, I. (2012). Morality Politics in Western Europe : Parties, Agendas and Policy Choices. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=475267
- Esping-Andersen, G. (2013). The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. [Place of publication not identified]: Polity. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1101509
- Goodin, R., Moran, M., & Rein, M. (2015). The Oxford handbook of public policy. Australia, Australia/Oceania: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.3A27B9A0