Comparative Social Policy

Comparative Social Policy

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 2nd year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar: 20
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Aleksander Aristovnik, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

The aims:

  • the study is planned to provide the student  necessary knowledge and skills for the profound critical analysis, assessment and synthesis  of the  legal and economic characteristics of the modern social security systems,
  • student is guided to critical analyse of  basic values in the field by exploring the main international legal acts regulating this field and the fundamental constitutional norms that are the foundation of building a modern social security systems,
  • student identifies the role of national governments (and international institutions) studying  issues of social protection (health, education, poverty, employment, etc.) and highlights the comparative approach to solve social issues,
  • student understands similarities and differences in the face of countries (developed and emerging market economies) on social challenges that are created by internal and external economic, political, demographic and cultural determinant,
  • student will be encouraged to create complex ideas and critical/creative thinking in designing and implementing social policies of different countries, with an emphasis on European countries.

Competences: 

  • student understands in-depth theoretical and methodological concepts of social policy,
  • student acquires the ability to be actively involved in strategic decision-making processes in the society,
  • student is trained to analyze selected issues on the regulation of social rights in other countries which allows them to compare and create modern solutions for the national system,
  • student acquires the ability to research case studies in selected areas of social policy and to present them, 
  • student is able to apply and transfer knowledge to the co-workers and to plan and implement their own in-depth research and critical reflection.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • International bases of social security systems
  • Social state as the constitutional value and its implementation in the national legal syste
  • The comparison of the chosen elements of the social security in the different european states
  • Overview of Social Welfare Policy, Social Assistance and SocialInsurance
  • Concepts and Definitions of Comparative Social Policy
  • Comparing and Categorizing Social Policy, Provision and Redistribution
  • The State and Social Policy in a Globalizing World
  • European Social Policy and Current Issues
  • Reforming Social Policies in the EU and Other Countries
  • Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance andActive Labor Market Policies
  • Aging, Disability, Retirement Income and Poverty

3.  Readings

  • Encyclopaedia of Laws, Social Security, Kluwer, Deventer, on-line. (100 str.)
  • A Handbook of Comparative Social Policy Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods (Public Administration and Public Policy)byPatricia Kennett (Editor), Edward Elgar Pub (April 21, 2006), 422 str. (poglavja 1–8 (152 str.))
  • Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference by Alberto AlesinaandEdward L. Glaeser, Oxford University Press (May 27, 2004), 264 str. (poglavja 1–4 (94 str.))
  • Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspectives for the 21st Century by James A. Johnson and Carleen H. Stoskopf, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 1 edition (May 21, 2009), 472 str. (poglavja 1–3 (57 str.))

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student acquires advanced knowledge of legal and economic context of modern social security systems. In studying the legal aspects of social policy, students acquaint main values in this area by exploring the main international legal acts regulating this field, and the fundamental constitutional norms that are the foundation of building a modern social security systems. In addressing the economic aspects of social policies, student learns about the evolving role of national governments (and international institutions) to address issues of social protection (health, education, poverty, employment, etc.) and highlights the comparative aspect of social issues. Student gains the ability to be actively involved in strategic decision-making processes in society. Study of selected issues on the regulation of social rights in other countries allows them to compare and helps them to find modern solutions for national system. The student is capable of complex study, linking his/her knowledge and understanding, and is also able to transfer knowledge to others. He/she is able to scientifically handle of particular scientific issue/problem and is qualified to continue further independent study and professional development.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures – the lessons and the individual study by work experiences.
  • Lessons containing the presentation of topics related to the theory, the legislation as well as the court decisions.
  • Individual studies – preparing for the exam. 

6. Assessment

Seminar work: the students present the content of their written paper - 50%
Final Exam - 50%