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COSOPN2 Continental Model: The Austrian System of Work and Social Security 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Faculty of Social Sciences

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.

General description

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



Numeric 1-5.

Further information

Introductory lectures during the intensive programme in Vilnius in Septemebr (17.-28.9.2018), afterwards the course continues in the on-line learning environment Moodle.

Only for students in the COSOPO programme.