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SPOIB7B1 Nordic Welfare Societies in Transition 3 ECTS
Organised by
Social Policy/ISSS
Person in charge
Minna Zechner

Learning outcomes

The course describes the main features attached to Nordic welfare societies with emphasis on the Finnish experiences and developments. The course helps students to make a distinction between different type of welfare regimes, to better understand the distinctiveness of the Nordic welfare model and differences between Nordic countries.


The course offers an introduction to the Nordic welfare model and its transition. It will provide some basic knowledge of the Nordic welfare society in general and the Finnish one in particular. Based on comparative research approaches, the course aims to determine the position of the Finnish welfare society among the other European countries by paying attention on work and labour, social security, gender and equality, family and care policies, child protection, economy of the welfare state and immigration.

Teaching methods

Group work to formulate research questions, attendance to lectures by various teachers in listed themes and writing a final paper in cross-national pairs.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Active participation and essay.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Social Policy (Social Policy/ISSS)
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School of Social Sciences and Humanities