SFV4600 Comparative Social Risk Management Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Comparative Social Risk Management
Master Programme in Applied Social Sciences - Study Option International Social Welfare and Health Policy / Master's Programme in Applied Social Sciences – Study Option Nordic Social Policy and Global Sustainable Development
10 stp.


The course presents main social protection strategies with regard to major social risks, as well as evaluation methods to assess the advantages and disadvantages of health and social policy interventions.

Language of instruction is English




After completing the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has advanced knowledge of

  • social protection strategies, in particular related to major social risks: unemployment, sickness, disability, lack of a provider, child abuse, and old age
  • the interplay between protection provided by the state, the voluntary sector, the family and the market
  • principles of social insurance and health insurance
  • strategies for providing residual or universal social and health assistance
  • the extended family as a risk-managing institution
  • problems with social protection coverage and strategies for extending coverage
  • strategies for efficient delivery of health and social services
  • policy evaluation methods in health and social care


The student can

  • identify similarities and differences in social and health protection strategies in high-, middle-, and low-income countries
  • investigate the arguments for and against public management, public/private partnerships, outsourcing and other strategies with regard to the delivery of publicly provided health and social services
  • analyse processes of social/health policy implementation
  • evaluate social/health policy outputs and outcomes

General competence

The student is able to

  • participate in the debate on how to organise and implement social welfare and health policies, in a national as well as international context
  • participate in the discussion of which evaluation strategies that are most useful in various contexts, with regard to evakuations of social welfare and health policies, in a national as well as international context
  • participate in the debate concerning how to frame health and social policy goals across countries and cultures

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course is organised into a series of lectures and seminars. Students are expected to play an active role. Lectures are given by the course lecturer and invited lecturers. Students will also be required to present papers, and discuss course themes during lectures and seminars.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following coursework requirements must have been approved in order for the student to take the exam:

Coursework 1: The student must submit a coursework requirement of at least 1700 words, written individually or in groups of max 4 students. The coursework paper must be approved by the course lecturer.

Coursework 2: The coursework paper is to be presented at a seminar, or poster session, or zoom gathering. Participation in the seminar, or poster session, or zoom gathering is mandatory. 

All required coursework must be completed and approved by the given deadline for the student to take the exam. If the coursework requirements have not been approved, the student will be given one opportunity to submit an improved version by a given deadline.

A student who is absent from the presentation will have to submit a compensatory coursework requirement within a given deadline.

Vurdering og eksamen

The student's learning outcome will be assessed on the basis of an individual six-hour written school exam. 

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

Students may use a spelling dictionary, as well as a bilingual dictionary.


Grade scale A - F


The exam is graded by an internal and an external examiner.

A random selection consisting of at least 25% of the exam papers will be graded by both an internal and external examiner. This will inform the grading of the remaining exam papers.


Einar Øverbye