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SCLG6910: Comparative Welfare States

2021 unit information

The unit provides a comparative analysis of welfare state development. It discusses how to meaningfully compare different welfare states and their social programmes. As a defining characteristic of welfare states, our primary focus is on the state's involvement in welfare services and benefits. Starting from there, we also explore various ways of ‘doing social policy' across different parts of the world and discuss the sort of socioeconomic outcomes they produce. Comparative research provides a useful venue to investigate the relationship between the institutional design of the welfare state and its size and how this relationship changes over time under the changing structural conditions.

Unit details and rules

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Code SCLG6910
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand various models of welfare across different countries and the logic behind their development
  • LO2. Distinguish between old and new social risks
  • LO3. Appreciate the complexity associated with the choice of specific social policy instruments
  • LO4. Demonstrate competence in comparative research methods

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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