Sociology of the Welfare State: Theoretical Perspectives

Course content

The course focuses on theories of welfare state development in a global context. Thus, it breaks with the traditional Eurocentricism and includes theoretical reflections and contributions from Asia, Latin America and Middle East and North Africa. The various welfare regimes across the globe are discussed with particular reference to class, gender, ethnicity and generation.

The aim of the course is to enable students to critically engage with welfare state theory from a sociological perspective


Elective Course

Course package (MSc 2015):

Welfare, Inequality and Mobility


Learning outcome


Students will acquire a thorough understanding of human welfare based on theoretical sociological insight.


Students will be provided with analytical skills.


Students will develop competences that will enable them to critically understand and analyse the social dynamics determining human welfare

lectures and exercises

See syllabus in Absalon

This course has limited space.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Students are expected to be active in class

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination under invigilation
Individual or group.
If the synopsis is written by more than one student, the oral exam will generally be a group exam. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 12
  • Exam
  • 96
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

See timetable
Vejl. 40 personer
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Peter Abrahamson   (2-75664578746833707a336970)

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Saved on the 06-05-2019

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