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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

28
Январь

Social Policy

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
5
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

Initially we will examine the concept of “welfare state”, social policy regimes and other concepts. We will focuses on the social problems a society faces and will analyze the causes and consequences of such problems. We’ll consider challenges with respect to concepts, theories, data, and policy approaches, and compare across regimes. The second course section will be devotes to specific, contemporary social policies in different contexts through country case-studies in different regions with their differing economic, demographic, institutional, and political characteristics. We will compare across policy areas associated with the welfare state, including education, health, family policy, housing, and other domains.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of the course is developing the skill of social policy analysis in comparative perspective. The main learning outcome of the course is ability to use different theoretical approaches to understanding social policy regimes. Students will have a deeper understanding of types of welfare systems and develop skills to critically analyze social policy and think creatively about alternatives to problems. Students will get the knowledge about contemporary experience of social policy implementation in different countries and will be able analysis the social problems and social policies in comparative perspective. The course develops academic skills in reading, writing and presentation.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • ability to use different theoretical approaches to understanding social policy regimes
  • have a deeper understanding of types of welfare systems and develop skills to critically analyze social policy and think creatively about alternatives to problems
  • get the knowledge about contemporary experience of social policy implementation in different countries and will be able analysis the social problems and social policies in comparative perspective
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • 1st block (theoretical concepts and terms)
    Social Policy and welfare state concept. Definition of social policy. Historical context (key historical trends and policies). The concept of welfare state.
  • 1st block (theoretical concepts and terms)
    Social policy regimes and strategies of equality in welfare states. Three worlds of welfare state capitalism, welfare regimes and superdiversity, typology of welfare states, 5 strategies of equality in welfare states. Different models: Scandinavian, US, Eastern Europe, Russia, developing world.
  • 1st block (theoretical concepts and terms)
    Economic and Political Context for Social Welfare Policy. Horizontal and vertical redistribution. The impact of the welfare state on income inequality. The role of the political process.
  • 1st block (theoretical concepts and terms)
    Comparative social policy, policy evaluation and evidence-based social intervention.
  • 2nd block Contemporary Social Policies (Policy sectors in comparative perspective)
    Family. Changes in family structure and childbearing. Models of family support.
  • 2nd block Contemporary Social Policies (Policy sectors in comparative perspective)
    Education. Education policy in contemporary world. School choice and desegregation policy as an example.
  • 2nd block Contemporary Social Policies (Policy sectors in comparative perspective)
    Gender. Configurations of gender inequality and the new gender contract. Causes of gender wage gap and social policy solutions for addressing them.
  • 2nd block Contemporary Social Policies (Policy sectors in comparative perspective)
    Poverty. Poverty concepts and measures. Social policy for poverty reduction. Poverty prevention programs.
  • 2nd block Contemporary Social Policies (Policy sectors in comparative perspective)
    Aging. Population aging and social welfare provisions for the elderly.
  • 2nd block Contemporary Social Policies (Policy sectors in comparative perspective)
    Health. Social determinants of health as focus for social policies. Health insurance and health education.
  • 2nd block Contemporary Social Policies (Policy sectors in comparative perspective)
    Homelessness and Housing Policy. Main trends of homelessness in European countries. Housing policies and residential segregation.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Test
  • non-blocking Report/Presentation
  • non-blocking In-class Participation
  • non-blocking Essay (exam)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Essay (exam) + 0.1 * In-class Participation + 0.3 * Report/Presentation + 0.3 * Test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Kennett, P. (2004). A Handbook of Comparative Social Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Midgley, J., Surender, R., & Alfers, L. (2019). Handbook of Social Policy and Development. Edward Elgar Publishing.