Comparative Social Policy


  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL Faculty of Social, Political and Economics Sciences
DEPARTMENT Department of Social Policy
LEVEL OF STUDIES Level 6
COURSE CODE 21 SEMESTER 4Ο  
COURSE TITLE Comparative Social Policy
TEACHING ACTIVITIES
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TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS CREDITS
  3 6
Please, add lines if necessary. Teaching methods and organization of the course are described in section 4.    
COURSE TYPE

Background, General Knowledge, Scientific Area, Skill Development

Scientific Area
PREREQUISITES:

 

No
TEACHING & EXAMINATION LANGUAGE: Greek
COURSE OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS: No
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  1. LEARNING OUTCOMES
Learning Outcomes
Please describe the learning outcomes of the course: Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired after the successful completion of the course.
The aim of this course is to introduce students into the comparative analysis f different social protection systems and into the exploration of their changes through time. The concept of welfare capitalism regimes (Esping0Andersen) is used for the comparative exploration of welfare states. In particular, alternative typologies of welfare states are presented as well as approaches focusing on the gender perspective in order to assess diverse welfare mixes.  In addition, the transformations of the welfare state are examined through the perspective of social change, new risks and the effects of the European integration and globalization. The explanatory power and the validity of various approaches is assessed based on empirical data in specific subsectors of social policy (social security, employment policy, health and social assistance). Special focus is placed on the particular traits of social protection systems in the South of Europe (belated development of the welfare state in relation to the countries of North-Western Europe, the role of EU in the formulation of social policy). Finally, the consequences of the crisis on the social reform of the European space, the future of Social Europe and the potential for the further reinvigoration of values and principles of the European Social Model.

Upon the successful completion of the course, students will be in the position to:

·         Understand the basic concepts and terms of comparative analysis in social policy and welfare states.

·         Delve into the various theoretical approaches for understanding welfare states.

·         Develop the appropriate theoretical and methodological tools for the analysis and synthesis of various theoretical approaches in social policy and welfare state theory.

General Skills
Name the desirable general skills upon successful completion of the module
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,

ICT Use

Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work

Teamwork

Working in an international environment

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Production of new research ideas

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Respect for the natural environment

Sustainability

Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,

ICT Use

Autonomous work

Teamwork

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Equity and Inclusion

Sustainability

Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

  1. COURSE CONTENT
 

Course outline:

·         How and why we compare?

·         The comparative method in the study of social policy

·         The historical evolution of social protection systems before 1990

·         The three worlds of welfare capitalism

·         Alternative typologies and main issues after 1990

·         Theoretical approaches (the hypothesis of industrialization, the hypothesis of power resources, the hypothesis of national values, the hypothesis of the power of enterprises)

·         Established welfare states (Scandinavian countries, Continental Europe, Southern Europe, English-speaking countries)

·         Emerging welfare states (i.e. Latin America, East Asia, East Europe and Russia

·         Examples of comparative analysis in the field of social policy

  1. LEARNING & TEACHING METHODSEVALUATION
TEACHING METHOD
Face to face, Distance learning, etc.
Face to face
USE OF INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
Use of ICT in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students
Use of databases, eclass for communication and information sharing and powerpoint presentation in lectures and for students presentations
TEACHING ORGANIZATION

The ways and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Bibliographic research & analysis, Tutoring, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive learning, Study visits, Study / creation, project, creation, project. Etc.

 

The supervised and unsupervised workload per activity is indicated here, so that total workload per semester complies to ECTS standards.

Activity Workload/semester
Lectures 70
Interactive teaching 30
Independent work towards written exams 48
Final written exams 2
Course total 150
   
   
   
Student Evaluation

Description of the evaluation process

Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Concluding, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Essay / Report, Oral Exam, Presentation in audience, Laboratory Report, Clinical examination of a patient, Artistic interpretation, Other/Others

Please indicate all relevant information about the course assessment and how students are informed 

 

Concluding

Essay development

100 % of evaluation

  1. SUGGESTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Obligatory

 

·         Esping-Andersen, C. (2014). The three worlds of welfare capitalism, trans. Golemi, Α., Topos (Motivo), Athens (in Greek).

·         Notes and ppts of the course.

 

Additional

·         Lalioti, V. (2018). Aspects of comparative social policy, Topos (Motivo), Athens (in Greek).

 

 

 

ANNEX OF THE COURSE OUTLINE

 

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  1. a) in case of written assignment and / or exercises: the deadline (e.g. the last week of the semester), the means of submission, the grading system, the grade percentage of the assignment in the final grade and any other necessary information.
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