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SPOIB4B1 Introduction to Social Policy 4 ECTS
Organised by
Social Policy/ISSS

Learning outcomes

To understand the historical, political and economic conditions framing the development of the welfare state and social policies. Becoming familiar with some contemporary debates on welfare state and basic concepts used in social policy literature, such as equality, citizenship and gender. Learn how social policy plays central role in managing conditions of modern life.


The course offers an introduction to understand what social policy and welfare state are about and how to explain phenomena attached to social policies.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Written exam on the faculty examination day, or essay, or compensatory courses.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Pierson, Christopher. Beyond the Welfare State? The New Political Economy of Welfare. 2006.

Coffey, Amanda. Reconceptualizing Social Policy. Open University Press 2004.

Belongs to following study modules

University Services
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Social Policy (Social Policy/ISSS)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Social Sciences and Humanities