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COSOPN2 Continental Model: The Austrian System of Work and Social Security 5 op
Organised by
MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Person in charge
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
Curricula 2012 – 2015

Learning outcomes

This course gives an overview over the theoretical and empirical analysis of the Austrian (= the Continental European) system of work and social security. Select important areas of that welfare state will be studied in depth. The course’s aim is to enable the students to critically reflect and analyze the Continental Model of work and social security in Austria.


Focusing on contemporary developments of social policies in the tradition of the Bismarckian welfare state, the structural influences of social protection institutions on society, on organized interests, as well as individuals will be discussed.
The Austrian model follows the continental tradition. First of all, the students develop an understanding of the concept of the Continental Model, Austrian Corporatism and Social Partnership, as well as the contemporary debates about these institutional arrangements.
Secondly, the general structure, and recent developments of the Austrian Model of work and social security will be examined. The organization and structure of employment and social security are main issues for critical social policy analyses and discussions.
Thirdly, students evaluate the design and delivery of social insurance and social services in Austria. For this reason, various fields of social policy will be analyzed and discussed by the students. Students are encouraged to critically challenge the design and supply of social insurance and social services.
Finally the focus shifts to the European Union. European Union policy has an effect on national social policies, and the question is, how targets defined by European Union institutions affect the member states of the Union, specifically, Austria. Another question in this context is how the discussion about the European Social Model influences the Continental Model and vice versa.
Major Topics:
• The characteristics of the Continental model
• Austrian Corporatism and Social Partnership
• The general structure of Austrian model of work and social security
• Labor market structures and labor market policy in Austria: employment and unemployment
• The design and supply of social services in Austria

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Introduction during Intensive Programme in Vilnius, afterwards e-learning methods; if requested discussion boards and individual tutoring, supported by Moodle.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Active participation 30% & seminar paper 70% Participation of the students in the discussions and debates; preparation of two research seminar paper (~ 15.000 signs).

Study materials

Course materials provided by instructor in the beginning of the course.

Belongs to following study modules

Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö