Scandinavian Welfare Regime: Challenged by Europeanization and Globalization

Course content

The course discusses in some detail the development of the Scandinavian welfare regime, highlighting central elements such as universalism, high degree of formal labor market participation, strong emphasis on personal social services etc. But the course also discusses the challenges to the Scandinavian model from processes of Europeanization and globalization.


BSc/MSc Elective Course

Course package (MSc 2015):

Welfare, Inequality and Mobility


Learning outcome

The students are expected to have obtained a detailed and critical knowledge of the sociology of Scandinavian welfare, which will provide them with analytical skills and a solid regional competence.


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 group plus plenary discussions

See Absalon

Basic knowledge of sociology in modern societies

This course has limited space

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

There will be an oral feedback half way through the course and a written one at the end

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, -
Individual/group (max. 4 students).
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.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 118
  • Exam
  • 60
  • English
  • 206