The course can be completed as part of either the bachelor’s or master’s programme, or the 25/35 cr module. Restrictions on participation will be announced in the annual teaching programme.
After completing the course, students will have a well-rounded understanding of historical studies focused on the welfare state, particularly the Nordic welfare state. They will be able to analyse the different stages of welfare state development, and will have a reasoned understanding of the active parties, objectives and conflicts related to this development. They will be able to put this into proportion with their own knowledge interests, for example in their thesis.
The course examines the different stages and fields of the welfare state, as well as different emphases of related research. Welfare state development will be examined from the perspective of the political target setting and conflicts that have had an impact on the development, as well as its social consequences.
Literature required for the literature examination
Four from the following:
Niels Finn Christiansen (ed.): The Nordic Model of Welfare – A Historical Reappraisal
Kees vain Kersbergen: Social Capitalism: A Study of Christian Democracy and the Welfare State
Pauli Kettunen: Työjärjestys. Tutkielmia työn ja tiedon poliittisesta historiasta
Pauli Kettunen & Klaus Petersen (eds.): Beyond Welfare State Models. Transnational Historical Perspectives on Social Policy
Pauli Kettunen, Sonya Michel & Klaus Petersen (eds.): Race, Ethnicity and Welfare States – An American Dilemma?
Pirjo Markkola: Synti ja siveys. Naiset, uskonto ja sosiaalinen työ 1860–1920
Related literature for contact teaching
Applicable research literature, particularly articles from scientific journals available as e-publications
On a scale of 0 to 5. All completed studies will be taken into consideration, while self-assessment is promoted.
a) Course implemented as contact teaching, including literature and assignments
b) Supervised independent written assignments
c) Literature examination
-Completion methods will be annually specified in the teaching programme.