Course ObjectiveAfter this course, students should have:
• Knowledge and understanding of the development and variety of welfare
• Ability to assess various drivers behind and pathways of welfare state
• Understanding of the opportunities and constraints of welfare state
Course ContentArguably, all advanced capitalist democracies have welfare states, but
their character, size, and dynamics vary considerably. This course
discusses welfare states and the politics of welfare state reform
through a series of 'big' questions: Why did we need a welfare state in
the first place? How did we achieve it? Why did we get different worlds
of welfare and do we still have them? What does the welfare state
actually do? Why do we need to reform the welfare state? Why is reform
so difficult, but why does it nevertheless happen? Can and will the
welfare state survive the Great Recession?
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars
Method of AssessmentExam (50%), writing assignment (50%) and seminar assignments
Selection of journal articles and/or book chapters
Target AudienceSecond year PPE students
Additional InformationPlease note that participation in the seminars is mandatory.
Custom Course RegistrationThere is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module, (ii) lecture and (iii) the exam, but not for the seminar groups.
Recommended background knowledgeMandatory courses PPE specialization track Political Science
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. P. Overeem|
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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