Scandinavian Welfare Regime: Challenged by Europeanization and Globalization

Course content

The aim of the course is to enable the students to critically evaluate the merits of the particular way welfare provisions and entitlements are organized in Scandinavia.

The course assesses to shich degree Scandinavian welfare states can still be characterized as women friendly and promoting equality within an environment of European Union and global challenges. Emphasis is on historical and contemporary developments


Elective Course

Course package (MSc 2015):
Welfare, Inequality and Mobility


Learning outcome


Students will be provided a thorough knowledge of the benefits and challenges of welfare provision in Scandinavia.


Students will develop empirical analytical skills that enable them to critically assess the pros and cons of the particular welfare organization in Scandinavia.


Students will acquire rigorous empirical insights that will lead to strong analytical competences viz-á-vis a particular geographical region in a sociological perspective.

Lectures and exercises

See 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
Written assignment
Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. 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
  • Exam
  • 60
  • Preparation
  • 118
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • English
  • 206