SIW4000 Comparative Social Welfare Theory and Concepts Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Comparative Social Welfare Theory and Concepts
Master Programme in Applied Social Sciences - Study Option International Social Welfare and Health Policy
Masterprogram i sosialfag
Enkeltemner knyttet til masterprogram i sosialfag
10 stp.


This course presents key concepts and analytical models used in comparative analyses of social welfare policies.




A student who has completed his or her qualification has the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has advanced knowledge of key concepts in the theory and comparative analysis of social welfare policies
  • has advanced knowledge of explanatory models, such as the logic of industrialism, institutional and state-centered approaches, and power resource theory
  • has advanced knowledge of normative perspectives on social welfare
  • has advanced knowledge of concepts that are relevant for assessing the outcomes of social welfare policies 


The student

  • can apply theoretical concepts, normative perspectives and explanatory models in the analysis of social policies, in a national as well as international context

General competence

The student

  • is able to critically evaluate the use of concepts and models in academic as well as political debates about social policies

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course is organised into a series of lectures. Students are expected to play an active role by participating in discussions of course themes during lectures. 

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

Compulsory activities must be completed and approved by the given deadline in order for the student to take the exam.

Students must submit a coursework requirement of 10 pages (+/-10%), calibri 12 pt., paragraph 1.5,  on a topic relevant to the course, to be approved by the course lecturer. The topic of the work requirement will reflect main areas of the course curriculum and lectures. The coursework requirement should be written in groups of 3-4 students. Students whose papers are not approved after the first submission will be given the chance to resubmit once and they may be required to resubmit papers of about 6 pages individually. Students whose papers are not approved after two submissions will disqualify from sitting the final examination.

Vurdering og eksamen

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

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

Students may use a spelling dictionary, as well as a bilingual dictionary during the written school exam.


Grade scale A-F. 


The exam papers are assessed by one internal and one 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.


Axel West Pedersen