“The European Welfare State” deals with the social policy characteristics of the European welfare state. The recent economic crisis and developments in the EU have led to a rise in poverty and unemployment (among youth in particular), as well as a surge in right-wing parties. This has created a challenging framework for policy makers and individuals alike. The living conditions are deteriorating for many member states and solidarity and various social benefits are decreasing rapidly.
Throughout the The European Welfare State course at the Maastricht Summer School, students will learn about citizen involvement in social problems (e.g. poverty, unemployment, exclusion on various grounds). Gaining international perspectives and experience is an important component of the course.
The course consists of three sections:
- The introduction discusses the key theories of social policy, introduces students to the welfare state concept and explores their historical development in Europe and other parts of the world;
- The analytical section focuses on specific social programmes (poverty alleviation, social assistance, pension systems and the classification of the welfare state). Here you will learn how to interpret scientific literature;
- The operational section relates to the practical mechanism behind how the welfare state operates in the EU, requiring students to deepen their understanding of how social policy structures interact. It includes a simulation exercise to experience how policymakers make decisions in practice.
- To introduce students to the main concepts in European social policy and one of the fundamental pillars in the European Union: the solidarity principle and welfare state;
- To identify different practices and concepts across the world, using cases from students’ home countries and contrasting social security systems from various welfare states;
- To equip students with analytical skills that enables them to easily identify the type of welfare regime and its characteristics;
- To bring the student to the core of the social action: “Think like a social policy analyst, act like a social worker”.
- 21 days
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- The course is particularly suited to students with economics, political science, sociology or social work backgrounds and is open to students with law majors. However, it is important to note that most of the course readings are from the social sciences.
- A minimum of 9 students is required for the class to take place. The maximum is 20.
International998 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 998 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
National998 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 998 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
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