AØKA08184U The Danish Welfare model - for exhange students
For all students at Copenhagen University and exchange students but NOT availble for students enrolled for full degree programmes (Bachelor or Master) at the Department of Economics
The Danish Welfare model is one of the most extensive and generous public models in the welfare states of the western world.
The Danish public sector is larger than any other country (more than 50% of GDP) and over 2 million Danes (out of a population of 5,7 million Danes) receive transfer payment from the state. With the “no contribution-principle” in education, health care and service for handicapped and elderly people, the Danish tax financed welfare thinking is carried much further than any other modern welfare state.
That is why there are good reasons to study Danish Welfare, as the best, famous and known in the world.
The welfare thinking in the country point out, that there has been no acceptance of the full consequences of the market forces, on economic distribution etc.
The welfare model has brought Denmark into the club of the ten richest countries in the OECD, with relative low unemployment rate, a substantial mobility on the labor market, over to the flexicurity model and a remarkable equally distribution of income, wealth and risks.
And the model is facing challenges – the economic growth has been slow, global competition and demography has set the model under pressure. The sustainability of the economy has been upturned by courageous welfare reforms in pension and labor policy.
There for the course will contain:
The theory, the system and the performing of the Danish Model
The origin and history and the legacy
The five financial sources
The organization of the welfare state
The flexicurity model of the labor market
Equality unequal’s, differences and disintegration
Education and health care
Pension and retirement
Democracy and the civil society
Business and the welfare
EU, Globalization and the Danish Welfare System
Will the Danish model survive the future challenges
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
Obtain thorough knowledge of social welfare theory related to the Danish Model
Understand and identify the structure of the structure of the Danish welfare system today
Define the consequence of the welfare history at today’s structure and policy and understand the different outcome of the institutional solutions of the back ground of the different historical decisions
Understand elementary economics and statistical sizes in ex basic demography, and actuarial elementary technique – understand the model of the fice financial sources and their impact on different goals in society
Account for different models of labor supply and the influence on retirement from the labor market
Analyze differences and inequalities. Understand and analyze the content of poverty disintegration, economic division between rich and poor – between generations.
Understand and analyze welfare policy and its many alternative solutions In the market, in the public welfare end in the civil society
Analyze and understand the line between business and welfare.
- Administrate economic and political functions, on a fair level in both the public and private sector.
Students in this course can be employed in international as well as national – regional or in municipalities – as well as in private companies, banks, insurance and in pension funds, and voluntary institutions, and social, humanitarian associations and NGO’s who are working with social welfare, social conditions or pensions.
Social welfare The Danish model – Bjarne Hastrup, Copenhagen 2011. 451 p. Web-edition can be found at: www.multivers.dk (BH 11)
The Social contract between the generations – Bjarne Hastrup, Copenhagen 2008,318 p. (BH 08)
The Danish Economic council – The English summary – spring 2016 – can be found at: www.dors.dk. (DORS 16)
There may be incongruence or insufficient cover between the hand-outs and curriculum. Then the curriculum is valid and will always be the valid curriculum at the exam.
This course is NOT available for students enrolled in the bachelor or master degree at the Department of Economics
The course consists of 2x2 hours of classes (lectures) every week for 10-11 weeks.
Timetable and venue:
To see the time and location of classroom please press the link under "Se skema" (See schedule) at the right side of this page (16E means Autumn 2016).
You can find the similar information partly in English at
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, 5 daysThe exam is a five day written take-home exam. The exam assignment is in English and must be answered in English.
The answer must maximum fill ten pages (10) and maximum one page annex.
It is mandatory to fill out the front pages. Remember to fill out the answer with exam number.
The exam should be filled out individually and cannot be answered in groups - and all questions should be answered. Please mark clearly in the text, what you submit as main text and what you submit as annex.
- Exam registration requirements
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
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- Exam period
The exame takes place from the December 12, 2016 at 10.00 AM to December 17, 2016 at 10.00 AM.
The written re-exam takes place from February 8, 2017 at 10.00 AM to February 13 at 10.00 AM.
If only a few students have registered for the re-exam, the exam might change to an oral exam including the date for the exam, which will be informed by the Examination Office.
Criteria for exam assesment
Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.
To receive the top grade, the student must be able to demonstrate in an excellent manner that he or she has acquired and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.