To introduce the comparative approach to the study of welfare states
To understand the issues associated with comparing welfare states
To introduce some of the key theoretical and policy debates in the comparative study of welfare states
To explore the different ways in which countries tackle similar social policy problems and the effectiveness of those policies
To give an overview of the institutional arrangements that underpin various models of welfare and the social forces that have shaped their development
To introduce and explore some of the key comparative welfare state data sources
Module learning outcomes
By the end of this module a student should have:
Awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of a comparative approach to the study of welfare states
Familiarity with, and the ability to critically assess, some of the key theories concerning welfare state development
Familiarity with the key data sets used in comparative welfare state research
A basic knowledge of the welfare arrangements that exist in a range of countries and the broad types of welfare state that exist in economically advanced nations
An appreciation of the complex interplay of social forces that shapes welfare state development
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Special assessment rules
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The lead marker (the module tutor) will include comments about the content, structure, and evidence used etc. to provide you with constructive information that will enable you to improve on future work. The feedback a tutor can offer can be invaluable to your studies, so it is important you read this carefully
We aim to return your marked work to you within one month of its submission.
Feedback will be given in three ways:
(1) Comments within the actual text will highlight specific points and examples that the marker wants to draw to your attention.
(2) The marking criteria will be highlighted to show how your assignment has been rated against those criteria. This will enable you to calibrate your performance against a consistent scale, and therefore to aim to improve in specific areas.
(3) Finally the marker will provide a narrative summary in which the main points will be set out and any major areas for improvement highlighted.
Arts, W. A. and Gelissen, J. (2002) Three worlds of welfare capitalism or more? A state-of-the-art report Journal of European Social Policy, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 137-58.