Care and Welfare


Course Objective

1. You know and are able to evaluate theories from social gerontology,
sociology, social psychology, health care management and organization
science on themes in the domain of Care and Welfare. (KU1)
2. You are able to apply theories to individual, family/network and
organisational resilience in the domain of Care and Welfare and
formulate research questions and hypotheses that contribute to
scientific thinking within this field. (KU2)
3. You are able to describe the societal relevance of a research
question using empirical analysis of data. (AKU7)
4. You are able to reflect critically on research on Care & Welfare and
to think through strengths and weaknesses of both quantitative and
qualitative research methods. (KU4, AKU7)
5. You have the skills to conduct a literature search: to use feasible
and relevant search terms for the domain, evaluate the quality of
research questions and theories, and adhere to the guidelines of proper
referencing. (JF10, JF11)
6. You have attained the skills to describe research questions that are
embedded in and emanate from relevant theories on Care & Welfare so that
they are an appropriate starting point for a research proposal. (AKU6)
7. You are able to value the different disciplinary and cultural input
of your group members in relation to the research questions and
underlying assumptions of these questions and to benefit from this to
enrich the research questions or add original perspectives. (LS14, LS15)

In addition to these generic learning goals, this course adds content
specific learning goals:
8. You are able to link societal developments, such as population ageing
and cultural diversity in more and less developed welfare state regimes,
to emerging problems concerning the organization of long term care
arrangements on the individual, family/ network, and organizational
level. (JF9)
9. You are able to describe developments in long term care arrangements
from the perspective of the care recipient (in the social network)
and/or the care professional (in the care organisation). (C12)
10. You may distill the outcomes of long term care reforms for
individual wellbeing and effective care delivery and are able to
describe the mechanisms that might threaten individual, group /
network-level, and organisational resilience. (C12)

Course Content

The first objective is to study the development and functioning of long
term care arrangements from different perspectives: social gerontology,
sociology, social psychology, and organization sciences. The second
objective is to understand the multi-level nature of the care network,
in which changes at the system level (government) define new type of
arrangements between publicly and privately provided care. We will
compare countries around the world, but the main focus is on European
societies. The third objective is to understand how individuals and
organizations show resilience in an ageing society and maintain high
levels of wellbeing and effective care provision. This course will
combine theories of several theoretical domains: 1. Theory from social
gerontology on families and social networks, ageing and the life course
in the era of post-modernization, 2. Theory on societal resilience from
an individual and organizational perspective. 3. Psychological theory
about social decision making at the micro level, and 4. Theory from
organization sciences applied to health care management in a changing
policy con-text. In preparation of and during class, theories will be
applied to actual cases, presented in the literature, (social) media, or
from own experience or observation.

Teaching Methods

In this course, we use different teaching formats: interactive meetings
based on a flipped classroom concept, including group presentations and
peer review; research log; and workgroups which vary in nature (e.g.
discussion meetings with students in other courses; and research

Method of Assessment

1. The midterm exam consists of five open ended questions (20% of the
final grade).
2. Final assignment (75% of the final grade). You can choose between two
different types of final assignments: writing a theoretical paper or
designing and presenting a poster (including extended abstract).
3. Research log and reflection assignment (5% of the final grade).


See course manual.

Target Audience

Students Research Master Societal Resilience

General Information

Course Code S_CAW
Credits 6 EC
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. I. Kyratsis
Examiner dr. I. Kyratsis
Teaching Staff dr. I. Kyratsis
prof. dr. B. Beersma
prof. dr. M.I. Broese Van Groenou

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Reading