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COSOPON5 European Social Policy: Content and Actors 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 2015 – 2017


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is deepen students' theoretical knowledge on social policy at European Union and national levels.

On completion of the course, students will obtain knowledge and skills that enable them:
- to explain the European Union social dimension, its emergence in European Union and member states;
- to conceptualize the social policy issues (instruments) related to European integration;
- to identify the main societal challenges and problems in social policy making at European Union and national levels;
- to analyze the key areas of the European Union social policy and member states in comparative perspective (employment policy; social protection; gender equality; living conditions; family policies; ageing policies; policy for disabled; etc.).


The social dimension of the European Union: The content and structure of European Union social policy; Primary legislation relating to the social dimension of the European Union (treaties, charters); Secondary legislation relating to the social dimension of the European Union (directives, regulations, recommendations); Lisbon strategy; Open method of coordination in the European Union member states.

Harmonization of national social policies in the European Union: Models of welfare in the European Union member states; Consolidating the European social model. The key areas of European Union social policy: Community policy on living and working conditions; The gender dimension of social policy; Family policies; Policy for older and disabled people. The development of European Union social dimension: Modernising social policy in the Central and Eastern European countries; Future shape of European social policy.

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 to the course during Intensive Programme in Tampere, afterwards distance learning.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

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

Belongs to following study modules

Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta
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