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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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COSOPON3 Nordic Model: Nordic Welfare Societies 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Social Policy
Person in charge
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2015 – 2017

Learning outcomes

The course describes the main features that are attached to Nordic welfare societies. Special emphasis is on the Finnish welfare society but references to other countries are made. This way the position of the Finnish welfare society in relation to other European countries is made explicit. After the course students will be able:
- to recognise different welfare regimes
- to understand the main features of the Nordic welfare regime
- to point some of the main differences between Nordic welfare societies


The course offers an introduction to the main features of the Nordic welfare states and welfare model. Some of the following social policy themes will be covered: Nordic welfare model and universalism, labour markets and employment, work and equality, poverty and basic security, child care policies and citizenship.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

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

The course consists of introductory lectures during the Intensive Programme in Vilnius, and e-learning. The majority of the work takes place in the web-based learning platform (Moodle). Students may follow video-lectures at a time most convenient for them and they are given some additional reading material. During the course students will produce a lecture diary based on the entire material of the course (some given during the lectures and the rest in the e-learning platform).

Students are required to attend the lectures, absence will cause some extra work that will be defined by the teacher later on. Each student is obliged to follow all web lectures and use all given materials in their lecture diaries.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
The smaller part of assessment is based on the participation and activity during the contact teaching and on the web-based platform. The majority of the assessment is based on the lecture diaries.

Study materials

Some texts are distributed during the contact teaching and some via the web-based learning platform (Moodle). Final reading list will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Social Sciences