LundU: Globalisation and Social Policy

Subject 919-498 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Online classes from March to June through Lund University, Sweden. This subject is only available online. University of Melbourne students wishing to undertake exchange studies at Lund may enrol in this subject alongside other subjects taught on campus at Lund.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Global Issues Program and timely enrolment at Lund before the quota is filled.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Room 120, Level 1, Old Geology Building
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia


Phone: +61 3 8344 6104
Subject Overview:

The aim of this course is to analyse and discuss social policy and different social policy systems in a context of globalisation. The course is divided into two parts. In the first part we will introduce some basic concepts and typologies that have been used to characterise different systems of social policy. These models are used as a starting point for analysing labour markets and welfare systems in different countries. The historical background to the development of specific models of social policy - the economic, social and political context within which they have emerged - will also be discussed. Another important aspect of comparison is the elation between different models and gender equality/inequality.

The second part of the course focuses on the impact of economic globalisation on social policy. In this context the challenges of globalisation for different models is discussed. The course concludes by discussing future prospects for social policy.

Objectives: On the completion of the course, students shall:

* have acquired knowledge and understanding of different social policy systems in a context of globalisation
* have acquired knowledge about research problems, theoretical traditions, and research results in the study of globalisation and social policy
* be able to formulate a relevant research problem in the area covered by the course, and have the ability to theorise, generalise and discuss this problem
* be able to follow the development of knowledge on globalisation and social policy;
* be able to contribute to a common learning environment and to the group dynamic aspects of learning
Assessment: The assignments consist of individual papers, group assignments and active participation in virtual seminars. Examination will take place continuously during the course.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Notes: This subject is quota restricted and places are allocated as applications are received at Lund University.
Related Course(s): U21 Certificate in Global Issues (Understanding Globalisation)
U21 Diploma in Global Issues

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